The Message (MSG)
Act on What You Hear
19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow-up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.
22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.
26-27 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
Another Sunday, another sermon we hear and another challenge for our lives. After we hear it we feel empowered, convicted and feel God is pushing us to change who we are, what we do and how we go about day-to-day living out that very message. But then there is Monday morning the moment when we the message we have heard the previous day faces the mundane, the temptation of day-to-day, the temptation of conformity and fitting in.
And there is where James makes a case for what is important to us as believers: If you caught a glimpse of God, of heaven of godly living that can change your own world and the world around you there is only one thing to do – ACT ON IT!
Act on the heaven, the godly principles that have the power to transform, act against the cancerous world around you, bring change and bring hope by sharing that love you just received. Extend it to those around you, the homeless and loveless, those that do not know what finding refuge in God is, to those that do not comprehend the love of God.