Certain activities are meant to prepare us for other activities and not necessarily meant to be an end in themselves. Eating, for instance, is designed to give us the nutrition and energy we need to live our daily lives. Sure, a good meal can be an end in itself, a time to enjoy not only the food but the fellowship around the table. But if we only take in food and never use the energy it provides we quickly become fat and lazy.
That same concept works in at a spiritual level. Studying God’s word, while enjoyable and beneficial for our relationship with Him, is ultimately meant to give us the resources we need to live our daily lives in a way that pleases and honors God. If we simply hear the word but don’t do the word we are, in the words of James, deluding ourselves.
“One who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual does, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
This week I continue sharing from the first chapter of James during Midday Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 06/18 James 1:19 – 21
Tue 06/19 James 1:22
Wed 06/20 James 1:23 – 24
Thu 06/21 James 1:25
Fri 06/22 James 1:26 – 27
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