What would your brother have to do to convince you he’s God? It seems impossible to imagine, doesn’t it? And yet here was Jesus’ half-brother James, proclaiming his brother as the Messiah. There are so many amazing truths in the book of James. One of the greatest among them is found in the book of James.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. (James 1:22)
Putting your faith into practice is at the core of the entire book of James. It was common for Jewish teachers of the era to emphasize learning the law above practicing it. James emphatically pushes back against this stating that hearing and doing cannot be separated.
The verses give us a picture of a man who looks intently at himself in a mirror only to walk away and immediately forget what he looks like. Looking in a mirror is not an end to itself. So also hearing the truth of God is not an end in itself. God has a bias toward action and expects this of us as well.
James 1:27 goes on to call every believer to care for the broken and the hopeless around us and to guard against the corruption of our broken world. Ephesians 4:1 calls us to “lead a life worthy of your calling.”
God’s word continually calls us to action. So what’s the last thing you did that stretched your faith? What has God called you to do that you’ve left undone? God is calling us to be doing believers and believing doers. Faith and action both.
What’s the next step you’re going to take to “not merely listen to the word but to do what it says?”
- Pray that we would be a light at the crossroads in our community.
- Pray that we would follow God beyond what’s comfortable.
- Pray that we would have a sense of family and unity in all we do.