Do Something!

Daily reading: James 1:17-27
June 17, 2015

Focus scripture: You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who misled themselves. James 1:22

Have you ever been in a place in the church wondering if you knew enough?  Maybe that you didn’t add up or meet the standard because the Bible is as confusing to read as War and Peace or the Iliad.  You know the phrase it’s all Greek to me?  I wonder if that came about from people trying to read the New Testament.  I did some research and it actually comes from monastic traditions that translated scripture in the Middle Ages.

I am drawn to his writing because James has a different set of standards of discipleship.  He writes “be doers of the word and not merely hearers, who deceive themselves.” Now this in part goes against most of what we are taught as Christians.  We are a people who believe that Jesus is the Word of God and that it is words that bring us to believing or converts us.

There is something about our spirituality that James points to that isn’t just about our personal relationship with Jesus and the scriptures.  Be doers of the word and not merely hearers or we may add speakers.  You see this isn’t a call to form a committee and talk and talk and talk  then plan and plan some more then organize and then form subcommittee and talk and plan  and organize some more.  This about rolling your sleeves up and doing something.
“Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.  For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.”

James tells us in a few words that there is a process we have to go through where we reflect upon God’s call in our lives to bring compassion and peace to our world and then actually commit to do it.  In order to do this we have to know our selves well and to accept our own humanity, our own vulnerability, our own poverty.  Those who ‘do the word,’ are those who have spent enough time looking at themselves and have come to the realization and acceptance of the paradoxes of the human condition, in that we are gifted yet still have needs, are fragile and broken but able to bring healing to others.

Prayer:  God help me to be an agent to your compassionate love for all of your creation today.  Amen.


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