Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
James 1:22-25It's the piece that makes all the difference.
The piece I all too frequently leave out.
And it's such an obvious thing that even secular advertisers recognize the truth of it.
Just Do It. The book of James from the Bible, as quoted by Nike.
I start the week in praise and worship and in hearing strong teaching. I peer into the Word each day. I myself teach and speak throughout the days. I research and listen and learn and process and write.
And then there is that piece.
That piece that James reminds us of, the piece that must occur for true transformation.
For many years I worked jigsaw puzzles with my kids. We would open up a fresh box, pour out the pieces, the fragrance of the printing dye still clinging to the thumb-size pieces. We would turn over each one, looking for corner and edge pieces, organizing like colors together. We would put together the outside 'frame' of the puzzle and then begin to fill in.
And it seemed, inevitably, as we got closer to finishing the whole, even as cautious as we were, even as thorough as we would try to be, at least one piece would go missing. We would search the carpet beneath the table, check the creases in the chairs, look under the puzzle box.
Even though most of the puzzle was complete, even though you could generally see the total picture, there was still something so unsatisfying, so incomplete until that final piece was located and put into place.
And so is the puzzle of our walks of faith.
"But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it~he will be blessed in what he does..."
All my listening and studying and puzzle-solving will be shortchanged if I don't implement this step. Doing it. Doing what I've learned. It's where I see people get stuck, come just shy of true transformation in their lives. There is diligence and effort and heart put into the acquisition of the wisdom of the Word.
It's in the application that things can fall short.
Just Do It.
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