FRIDAY, MAY 24
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
James 1:22 (ESV)
FLYING THE TRAPEZE: THE DOER
Dave Veerman, Campus Life, Wheaton, IL, related this story: A while ago our family began to memorize Scripture, one verse a week. Because my daughters were ages ten and six, I thought this was about the right speed. We keep the verses on cards in the middle of the table, and we discuss their meanings when we recite them week after week. One evening as my wife and I sat reading, we heard the girls fighting down the hall. “I hate you!” one yelled and the other responded in kind. Not wishing to jump headlong into the fray, I called back, “Kara?” She answered, “Yes!” “What is our verse for this week?” I asked, hoping to quiet the fight by implication. Quickly she answered in her most pious voice, “Dear friends, since God loved us as much as that, we surely ought to love each other too.” (I John 4:11 TLB). And then she resumed the fight. I tried the same tactic with Dana, and with the same results. Gail and I couldn’t help laughing — and then I had to go back and intervene.
What a beautiful example of how most of us apply Scripture! We memorize it and even repeat it flawlessly, but seldom does it change our lives. And yet Christianity is not so much about knowing facts as about living. We must get the Bible off the shelf and into the self. (Dave Veerman, Campus Life)
So many of our students at Northstar have been blessed with great teaching and discipleship from our volunteers and staff for years. Some have been nurtured on and loved for the last 20 years as they grew up in this church. But all that teaching and loving is intended by God to turn into “doing” as they transition into the next phases of their lives.
Being a “doer” is the fourth option we have in times of transition. We have the option to do what we know to do and what we’ve been taught to do. The Bible says we deceive ourselves when we’ve heard God’s truth for our lives but don’t live out God’s truth for our lives. As you reflect on this past year of your faith journey, what is one area that you have heard God ask you to grow in? Have you put that one thing into practice? Thank God for the privilege of hearing from Him and ask God for the power to change to be more like Him.