Scripture: Rom 2:
12-13If you sin without knowing what you’re doing, God takes that into account. But if you sin knowing full well what you’re doing, that’s a different story entirely. Merely hearing God’s law is a waste of your time if you don’t do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God.
Observation: If you hear the talk, you ought to walk the walk.
Application: There are always going to be people who go through the motions but never allow the truth to sink in. When it comes down to it people are still tempted to do those things that they want to do even when they know they are wrong.
Do we go to Church on Sunday mornings and then live the rest of our weeks as though we were ignorant to God’s commands? Do we study on Wednesday nights the intricate meanings of the Holy Scriptures, and then fail to apply those teachings to our real world walk? If that’s the case, it would have been better for us to have never known. But just ignoring God is not a valid excuse for our moral or spiritual misbehavior either, we can not claim ignorance to the laws of God, because our conscious itself will convict us and tell us when we’re messing up.
Jerry Clower once said, (my paraphrase from memory) “If you’re about to do something, and you can stop and Thank God for it, for allowing you the opportunity to do whatever it is, and if your thankfulness is sincere, you’re probably ok. But if you can’t thank God for it, if you’re ashamed to talk to God about it, then you better watch out, you’re about to mess up.” I’ve always remembered that as wise words. Even if you’re unsure about something according to the scripture, God’s laws and God’s commands are written in our hearts. The gift of our conscious is God’s way of letting us know the difference between right and wrong.
When a person breaks a law and commits a crime, if they didn’t know they were committing the crime, and they didn’t understand that what they were doing was wrong, maybe they have a mental problem and can’t tell the difference, in those cases the judge may have some leniency on them and allow them to be put in a treatment program. But even though they didn’t understand, although there is some leniency, there is still punishment. But if a person is certain that what they are doing is wrong, and they do it anyway, that person has no leniency, there is no reprieve or lessening of the sentence, they are judged and punished to the full extent of the law.
If you know the truth, but still follow a lie, watch out…
Let us then not only be hearers of the word – but also doers of the word.
Jam 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Prayer: Father God,
Help me to walk the walk as I talk the talk. Help me to not only know your word and keep it in my heart, but also to obey your word and keep it in my life. Help me to let my light shine before men so that you may be glorified, not me, but you! I thank you for your grace and love, and ask for Forgiveness when I fall short as I often do.
Yield: I surrender the microphone and pick up my walking shoes.