James 1:22 -24 “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!” (TMG)
When we read the bible - we learn about God (that should be obvious) because through the Word:
· We discover God’s Nature
· We discover His character
· We see His majesty
· We see His power
And as we discover God through the pages of scripture we are often left speechless as we encounter the greatness of God. We are often left awestruck as we gaze upon His power and majesty, as we who are finite seek to understand the infinite. As we journey through the bible learning about God, We must ask an important question– What difference does it make?
If what we learn about God doesn’t move us to be different – then what is the point!
Consider the question this way: Is an unchanged Christian – really a Christian?
Griffith Thomas, an early 20th Century Pastor in England, said this about this about Romans chapters 12-16:
“After revelation comes responsibility; after principles, practice and after belief comes behavior; after creed comes conduct. Right thinking leads ultimately to right living. If good theology is the foundation of the Christian life, then godly Christian living rises naturally from that solid foundation. It is never enough simply to know the truth; at some point we must begin to live the truth. Likewise, we must not simply embrace the truth; the truth we believe must at some point embrace us.”
Don't fool yourself into thinking that if you just go to church or just read you Bible you are "OK."
Don't fool yourself into thinking that it no change is acceptable.
Don't fool yourself into thinking that just because you might "look" better or "act" better than this person or that person you pass muster.
If more knowledge doesn't lead to more right living than, as James says, you are fooling yourself, Don't fool yourself!