"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves." - James 1:22
When it comes to Christ, it is so easy to talk the talk, but what about walking the walk?
After diving into our summer read, "Anything" by Jennie Allen, these words jumped out at us - "At some point, our faith and our words must become our actions and lives. Do we talk more about God than we obey him?"
It can be very easy to memorize, spit out verses and even collect items that have our favorite sayings on them, and simply forget to live out the meaning.
Easy to say. Hard to do.
We may hear the Bible often enough to become dull to it's true meaning and remembrance to apply what we read to our lives.
"But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did." 1 John 2:5-6
Application of God's Word is evidence that we are obeying him and such actions show that our commitment to God is REAL - so how to do we overcome this habit of just talking the talk?
1. Understand that application is more than knowledge
Imagine going to the grocery store and purchasing an unlimited amount of food both perishable and non perishable. You take it home and you don't tend to it, cook it, or even eat it. What happens to the food? Well some of it (non perishable) ends up being okay and still safe to eat. This is similar to our popular Bible verses that we seem to never forget. Now the perishable food items - wasted. You have to go back to the store to get them again. This can be related to new teachings we have learned, but never applied. What a waste it is to obtain so much enriching knowledge and never apply it to your life. Not only are you missing out, but those you encounter are too.
2. Read and Reread
Each season of our lives can offers a fresh, new meaning as we mature and develop. Reading scriptures that you may have read a year ago can bring a fresh prospective that applies to your current season. So don't hesitate looking back over the passage you thought you knew.
3. Ask Questions When ReadingAsking yourself these types of questions will help evaluate your journey during your walk
- How does this verse or passage apply to me?
- How can I make a change to align my life with the Word's?
- When will I decide to take the direction towards growth?
4. Surround Yourself With Doers
Who said you had to experience this journey alone? It's similar to working out. When exercising alone, it's easy to tell yourself it's quitting time. When in a group each person motivates another to press on. Exercise your faith in a group! Recognize those that are pursuing Christ and surround yourself with them! These are people that will add an enhancement on your walk with Christ.
Alright you doer. Now get on out there and do what is does!
Application: The step between knowing what the Bible says and doing what it says.
Remember, even Satan knew enough of the Bible to quote it. Understanding just the context is not enough. "So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless." - James 2:17
Prayer: God, please help me not become dull to your words and immune to your teachings. Thank you for you for help in applying your Word to my life today (and everyday).