Thursday, October 8, 2015

Easier Done Than Said

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 1:23-25, NIV)
There are things we deal with in life that require us to take certain actions which may be unpleasant or require more effort than we are willing to expend. For example, if we are dealing with a health issue that could be helped by losing weight, we might tell ourselves that getting fit is easier said than done. Perhaps if we lived by Nike's "just do it" motto we would find that getting fit is actually easier done than said.

Is anyone besides me guilty of talking about what needs to be done instead of just doing it?  Perhaps we are dealing with a problem relationship that we know could be improved if we simply picked up the phone or stopped by for a visit.  We talk about reaching out but never take the first step because a difficult relationship requires too much effort and often the result is unpredictable.

Obedience to God is not that way, however.  We may spend years in rebellion and self-directed living, thinking that obedience to God is easier said than done and that we will never be able to live up to his holy standards.  But when we fully surrender our lives to him and live according to his Word we will ultimately realize that obedience is easier done than said.  The result of obedience to God will always be peace with God and with ourselves.

It is time to stop talking about what we should do and "just do it!"

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