You go to church “whenever the doors are open.” You get up at 6:30 every morning to read your Bible and pray. You never miss these precious times of your day. You may even read more before you go to bed at night. But… when you are at work/school/home and are interacting with others, you are rude, mean, and un-Christlike. You are impatient with others and never talk about Christ.
But you read your Bible that morning, so it’s all okay, right? Wrong.
So, granted, this example was a bit drastic (though I know of people who claim to be Christians and act like that). But the same thing is true for those who are only “Sunday and Wednesday” Christians. Or those who don’t necessarily sin throughout the day, and read their Bible that morning, but no one can really tell that they’re a Christian.
James 1: 22-26 says: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
We can see here that James is being completely serious in his words. If we hear and read the word of the Lord, but don’t strive to live it out, what good is our faith?
People need to see Christ living in us through our actions, words, and choices.
We need to shine the light of Christ through good works, love, patience and the decisions we make of what we are and aren’t going to do.
Of course, reading your Bible is very important in doing this. We read the Bible to know how it is we’re supposed to live! If you are reading your Bible daily, don’t stop!
Keep it up, and add to your reading good works that will glorify God.
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