“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:23–25, KJV)
The Bible enjoins lots of things upon believers. The old code of law had 613 different commandments. The new law of liberty, the law of Christ – actually has more.
The problem is, they’re scattered throughout from Romans through to Revelation. Hither and thither, we read them, and nod, and… forget them.
James here is not addressing memory, but actually the symptom of Laodecian Christianity – the outright refusal to conform our lives to that of the Bible. Bold statement, but it’s true. Christians today have NO interest in trying to live according to God’s word. Indeed, many suffer from a distinct rebellious refusal to conform to the Bible. “Pray? When I need something. Love one another? No, see, this is about ME… Tithe? I don’t believe that’s for today.”
See, it’s really simple. Jesus Christ commanded us to love one another. It’s really tough in this digital age. We are so separated from one another, because we bow at the altar of “ME” every day. When they were thinking up false gods, they really hit their masterpiece with “ME”. iPhone, iPad, Myspace, etc… WE’re so obsessed with ourselves that when someone asks, “Can you help me with this?” Our brains cannot comprehend that question any more! “You” and “Me” can no longer fit together!
Here’s the point – Jesus Christ did not make some things optional. He ordered us. Remember, Jesus Christ is King, the only Potentate. He made things simple, but not easy, and not optional.
I’m not talking about salvation – too many Christians focus on salvation as the sum total of the Christian experience. To say anything more to them is heresy. I’m going to simply refer you to the Bible you’re obviously not reading. Just read Romans through Revelation. Not good enough? Okay, read the Gospels. Jesus Christ did not give you an option. It is a kingly decree…
Love one another.
WHEN you pray…
And referring to tithe, He said to the Pharisees, “These things OUGHT ye to have done, and not omit the other.” A simple time with the Webster’s 1828 and that verse will convince you he wasn’t rebuking the Pharisees for tithing, but for not having mercy. He plainly tells them, yes, you should tithe… but don’t neglect the weightier matters of the law!