Text: James 1-2; Psalm 50
James is one of my favorite books in the Bible. It is fast paced and practical, challenging and provocative. It reaches into our lives and calls us out and up. In today’s reading, James 1:25 spoke clearly to my heart:
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Today is the Lord’s Day, and many of us will attend a worship service. In it, we will hear a message from the Word of God. We probably have expectations from the Sunday sermon. Maybe it is to learn something new. Or perhaps we want to be encouraged or comforted or even to be entertained by the pastor’s stories or delivery. But this verse from James suggests that, when we hear a sermon, we must answer this question: “What must I do.” Doers of the Word don’t just listen and forget. They act. May the Word of God when it goes forth this day prompt God’s people to action.
in Him, Mike