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November 21

James 1, 22-25

Something to read

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 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. 
New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James Version, click here 

Something to think about

So how do we learn spiritual lessons that we will not promptly forget? Simple, says James. You put what you have just learnt into practice. Learn it, do it, live it. That is how the Christian life works.

There is no other effective pattern. Either we want to walk with Christ or we don’t. Merely listening is like taking the brochure but never making the booking. James reminds us that the blessing of God does not come in the listening and the learning, but in the doing.

We might feel blessed by some insightful learning – even by reading these notes – but we can be deceiving ourselves. The divine blessing comes as we do something about it. When it comes to faith, you have to use it or lose it.

Something to do

How often do you ‘hear’ something that resonates with you about how you should be spending your life for God’s good purposes in the world – but never get round to doing anything about it – perhaps because it feels too difficult or unmanageable?

Today is the day to start doing something about it. Do it – or lose it, perhaps for ever.  

Something to pray

Lord, help me to be a listener and a doer, not one without the other.

Today's contributor is JUST LIVING, a fresh expression of church in Devon devoted to the Christian pursuit of justice for the poor and closely linked to Christian Aid.

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