Wow. A few weeks of short little letters from the Bible and then we’ll hit Revelations. I am so excited! I am already thinking in Revelations. Can I just pick the entire book?!? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This week, we get to read the amazing book of James, which I once heard referred to as “The proverbs of the New Testament.” (I wrote that in my Bible, but I have no idea where I got it… It wasn’t from me, that’s for sure.) Cool thing about this book is that some people believe Jesus’s earthly brother wrote it. That sets me off on wondering what it would be like to be the half-brother of the Son of God. There’s a tough one when you go to school, isn’t it? Think he ever heard, “Why can’t you be more like Jesus?” Come to think of it, maybe we all need to aim for that one, huh? Anyway, comment below, if you please, then we’ll hit I Peter next week.
James 4:17 (NIV)–Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
James 1:22 (NIV)–Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Okay. Ouch. This one has been thrown at me a couple of times this week from various sources. James hits this concept a few times in a few different ways, which is why I chose two verses. This reminds me of that old saying, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.” It’s overused maybe, but it’s true.
Too many of us today think we’re good to go if we go to church, here the sermon, and get home in time to watch the NASCAR race on TV. (Or football. If you’re into boredom.) I speak to myself on this one too. Sometimes, we forget there is actual action involved, actual warfare involved, actual people who need us to get up and do something.
I know I can get into the habit of griping and complaining about the state of the world and the junk on TV, but somehow, in all of the complaining, I forget to pray or to take any action. Then I read James and God goes, “Hon, you need to stop running your mouth and start getting those hands in action.”
Again, ouch. Anybody else feeling that sting?