Fooled by Hearing Alone (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 135)
James 1:22 (NLT)
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
Many people today pride themselves on being part of a club, a group, a cliche that separates them from the general population while connecting them to like-minded people. It is the same way with spirituality. Many people consider themselves to be religious but have no connection to God. They claim to know of Him but don’t really know Him.
On any given day, ask the majority of people if they have a real connection to God or a deep relationship with Him. Many will say that they do. Match that response with their lifestyle, and, in most cases, you will get a totally different answer. You see, saying you believe in God and actually living like you believe in God are two different things.
A real relationship is defined by what we do. If we really love someone, we will do things that reflect that love. A truly loving, transparent relationship transforms us and challenges us to be better people. It is the same way with God. A real relationship with God isn’t about being religious or being spiritual. It’s about whether we follow His lead, listen to His voice, and obey His words.
Reading the Bible is good. So is prayer, praise, going to church, and doing good works. But it is not enough. You must be willing to step out of the church, out of the closet, out of your christian club, and act upon what you have learned. We show how true our relationship with God is when we pull away from classroom and practice what we have learned.
“You are either becoming more like Christ every day or you are becoming less like Him. There is no neutral position in the Lord.”
— Stormie Omartian