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An Unhealthy Detachment

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James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (NRSV)

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At some point along the way, anyone who chooses to believe in Jesus has a choice to make. Will they actually do what He tells them to do, or will they just carry on with business as usual?

One of the things that I’ve noticed amongst people who profess to believe in Jesus is that many have an unhealthy detachment from what He actually tells them – tells us – to do.

And sure, many of those things are decidedly inconvenient. Love your enemy. Turn the other cheek. Walk the extra mile. And to a greater or lesser extent … let’s be honest … we all struggle with them. But somewhere along that journey, as I said, we each have a decision to make.

Either we take Him seriously and start living our lives His way, or we carry on as we always have, ignoring the bits we don’t like. While that first option is indeed a decision, the second is more of a non-decision. So where are you on your journey? Have you decided … or not?

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (NRSV)

In other words, if we’re merely hearers of His Word rather than doers, if we take the business as usual, non-decision route, then we’re kidding ourselves. We’re living a lie.

I heard someone say once that you may be holding a Bible in your hand, you may even be preaching from it, but are you living from it? That’s a very good question because if you’re not, you’re deceiving yourself. Perhaps today is the day to think that through.

Perhaps today is the day for you to take that Christ-above-all decision once and for all.

Come on! Be a doer of the Word, not merely a hearer living the rest of your life as a lie.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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Michael Adams

Today you have said a mouth Full. You know it has become easier for people to follow another human being because their views line up with their very own even if it is outside of the teaching of God. This why people pick and choose what they want to except from the word of God and what they want to totally disregard. For example the this: Genesis 2:7 which give the definition when life actually began yet people rather choose what they believe in because someone made a case that follow along their own personal beliefs forgetting that life had been defined from the very beginning of history, to say otherwise is actually calling God a Lair. But in their eyes what does God know.