Monday, April 30, 2012

is the Word changing you?

"The one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out - he will be blessed in what he does." (James 1:25, NET)

I've been challenged by this verse the last couple of weeks. There's a phrase in it that made me groan a bit when I read it: "does not become a forgetful listener." We're not just to read or study the Word and then walk away. The Word of God is meant to change us.

The Word of God is meant to change us!

We're not to become a "forgetful listener." A person who hears a message, or reads Scripture, or studies Scripture and then walks away thinking it was good, but nothing changes because of it. When we look in God's Word, when we study it, it should change us. Our lives should be different because of what it says.

And we have a choice in it. We can read it or hear it and walk away. We can even be moved to tears by it, but if it doesn't change us in some way, then we have become a forgetful listener.

I'm in the midst of a study on the book of James right now and James is a book that constantly calls us to live out what we believe. It's not enough to just believe it - we have to live it. When we become forgetful listeners, we're no longer living it. Oh we might be living part of it that we learned and applied years ago, but we're not still leanring and being changed by it.

The Word of God is meant to change us!

When was the last time you were changed by study of the Word of God?

Are you still being changed by your impact with the Word of God?

The Word of God is meant to change us. Is it changing you?

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