December 7 – Blessed to Do Good Works

Do we want to be blessed in what we do? James gives helpful direction. We cannot just listen to God’s Word; we need to actually do what it says. That means taking it in, then working it out. This concept reminds me of a friend back in our Marine Corps days when Russell and I served in Spain. This young man would swallow several bodybuilding supplements with the desire to be buff but not take the time to lift weights in the gym. His body should have processed the supplements during sweaty workouts as his muscles were being built, but instead of bigger muscles, what his body produced was an unpleasant smell. We sure do not want to be stinky Christians by just taking in more information. We are blessed when we study God’s Story and then live out what it says for us to do. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does. We need to do more than just take in truth. Those who follow Jesus need to actively apply that truth, situation by situation. What good is the freedom Jesus provides if we do not live in it? Press on into blessedness. God, may our love for Your Word increase in us, not puff us up with knowledge but give us strength to live life effectively. I pray that our actions really would show what we believe and that loving You and loving people becomes our treasure. May our lives be a fragrant offering. Amen.

James 1:25 HCSB