Three weeks ago, I embarked on a new experience meant for challenge and growth. A friend and mentor agreed to disciple me. Basically, that means we will delve into a deeper understanding of our faith in Jesus and challenge each other throughout the journey. Most of our learning is through lessons based upon Scripture found in the Bible. Each week we are charged with memorizing one to two verses or passages. I love memorizing verses from the Bible! God provides us with an amazing game plan to help us live, through the words found between the bindings of that holy book. However, it’s important to remember one verse whenever you read the Bible and/or are memorize verses. James 1:22-“Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Another way of putting that: Practice what you preach. That command is essential to living out what you read in the Bible. If I read a passage about loving my enemies, but turn around and cuss them out; clearly, I wouldn’t be following the directive of James 1:22. I am not going to sit here and pretend that I’m holier than thou and have never disobeyed that verse. Actually, I would argue that I/we come up short everyday to “do what it says”. There are numerous instructions of how to treat people, speak with a clean tongue, seek after God, etcetera; however, I believe the point is to be always striving to fulfill James 1:22. All the while knowing that there is only one, Jesus, who lived a perfect life on earth and surrendering to the will of God, gave His life for our sins, offering us a choice: Do we accept Him as our Savior? If so, the response is simple: repent and believe.
I thoroughly enjoy reading God’s Word, studying it, meditating on it and memorizing it. And every time I do, what remains heavy on my heart is not that particular passage, but the words of James 1:22.
“Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”