Tuesday, March 16, 2010

knowing and doing

"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 a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 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."
James 1:22-25

In the Western world, we make a distinction between knowing and doing. But there was no such distinction in ancient Jewish thought. Knowing was doing and doing was knowing. If you didn't do it, you didn't really know it. Knowledge isn't enough. Truth must be translated with your life.

What if, every time we came across a verse that told us to do something, we thoughtfully and prayerfully figured out a way to translate it with our lives? What if we consistently, creatively, and courageously acted on each verse? What if we turned every verse into a holy experiment?

(from Primal by Mark Batterson)

this book is amazing.
so challenging.
so convicting.
yet practical at the same time.
i'm about halfway through and already can't wait to finish it so i can start over again.

3 comments:

H. said...

that book SOUNDS amazing! wow. and it will def be added to my 'to read' list! i HAVE heard of his church, and i actually went to it awhile ago. i know several people that go there and they have actually done an outreach where they bring coffee and donuts to our break room on weekends at our ER! how cool, huh?

beckley said...

same applies to "listening" or "hearing"...which is why I ask the kids if they "heard" me, or if they were "listening" when they don't do what I say.

it confuses them- or has, but they are now starting to understand.

but darned if they won't be able to read their bibles better in the context they were written.

that was SO key to scripture, and it is so hard for us to change our minds to understand/ connect.

next i'm teaching them the term "false dichotomy" :)

Tammy said...

all I have to say is WOW!! I will have to think on that...those are life changing words. AMAZING!