Consumer or Doer

James, the Brother of Jesus, was a man of candor who spoke the bottom line.  In his book chapter 2, he proclaims, “14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  James is blunt here.  God does not want consumers, he desires doers.  The life of a genuine man of faith will produce deeds that reflect his faith.

In James 4, he straightforwardly talks about the way we pray, 3 You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”  We interpret the Bible as “me” centric not “Him” centric.  From a consumer’s standpoint, all God’s promises are for his consumption.  James states clearly that is erroneous thinking.

James clearly states that God wants doers not consumers in chapter 1.  In fact, His blessing follows the doer.  22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do

Sell out to Jesus becoming a doer not a consumer.  You will be blessed.

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