May. 30, 2019

I’m all ears...

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

Week after week, Sunday after Sunday – sermons, bible studies, “quiet time” – my life is filled with God’s word. My radio station is KSBJ Christian radio. I seldom move off their call sign. No brag; just fact.

I began memorizing scripture as a child. Good thing because I have no memorization skills left in this brain. I’m not too proud to use Google. There are a few standby scriptures that remain branded in my memory. Again, not bragging just stating the facts.

I’ve been Baptist. I’ve been Methodist. I was Presbyterian for a summer between my Junior and Senior year of High School. (I wanted to dance and believed the myth that Baptist doctrine says you can’t dance.)

I’ve grown to understand our selection of denominations and churches has more to do with our preference than their accuracy. When Jesus is exalted as the One True Messiah, the devil is in the details. Literally. Satan keeps us divided over disagreements as opposed to our allowing God to unite us through commonality.

Regardless, here’s the bottom line: Is what I hear or read changing me? I can hear, learn and memorize scripture but if I’m not putting it into practice, I’m not fooling anyone but myself.

The world doesn’t need more church people. Christ certainly doesn’t need our religious traditions. We need to know the word, believe the word and allow it to transform our lives. When we do, our faith will be authentic and our efforts to serve will prove fruitful.