Listen Up

Jesus’ brother James declares, “Know This! Let every person be quick to listen.”  Not to brag but I’m good at listening. I do it often (not going to lie, I like to talk too).  I love listening to peoples opinions, their stories, and hearing what’s on their heart.  Outside of the context of people, I love listening to God’s message even more. I love sermons, reading the Bible, and even listening to scripture audibly. However, in the daily grind of listening, I often get lost in putting into action what I have previously heard.

To James, listening wasn’t in itself enough.  The act of gaining knowledge was useless if it did not accompany action. Look at his letter, “Anyone who hears the Word and does not do what it says will deceives themselves.

I don’t want to deceive myself.  So I strive to put into action what Christ calls me to become. Through Peter I gain the knowledge of who I am Christ. I’m holy, royal, and chosen through faith in Christ.  Therefore, the life I live must accompany the knowledge that I have received. The pursuit must always be separation from self gratification to the identification of who I am contained in the Word of God.

Dear Christian, don’t forget who you are in Christ.  “Become,” or “keep on becoming”, a doer of the Word and not just a hearer.  Put the truth presented in the written Word into action in your everyday life.

Apply your knowledge.



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