'Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says.' James 1:22 NIV
It's a great thing to gain knowledge about God and being a Christian: reading the Bible, reading Christian books, studying theology, listening to sermons. But it's only great if we're putting that knowledge into action in our lives. This knowledge needs to translate into praying, seeking God's presence, loving a difficult person, forgiving someone, giving some of our money away, stopping to say thanks or sorry, encouraging a friend, blessing an enemy... the list goes on. Learning about God's character and attitude is so important because then we know how our character should be too.
James wrote: 'Be doers of the word, and not hearers only' (James 1:22 NKJV). And Paul told the Philippian church: 'Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you' (Philippians 4:9 NIV). Actually being Christlike to those around us is what makes us truly Christian.
It is challenging to put what we learn about God into action. It's easier to be remain 'just as we are.' Doing something about what we learn means making effort and probably being out of our comfort zone. But the Bible says: 'God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That's why he sent Christ to make us what we are' (Ephesians 2:10 CEV). Being a Christian means taking Christlike action and having a great life.
So what now? What have you learned about Jesus lately? Put that into action and live!
Soulfood: Rom 7:1-25 Rom 8 Rom 9:1-16 Luke 5:12-26 Ps 96 Pro 3:5-6,