“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22
It’s that time of year where high school seniors, and eager 20 somethings don their caps and gowns and march down the aisles toward a graduation ceremony that will conclude, in one fashion or another, with these words: “We’ve prepared you well, now get out there and do something!”
This seems appropriate, doesn’t it – that after spending 12 years in high school, and then perhaps another few years in college that those graduating would receive the commission to DO something with what they have learned?
Here’s the thing though, I don’t ever remember hearing these words from those standing before me in my childhood church. They were, and many of them still are, good people to be sure, but there was never that turning point in my spiritual development where an older, more mature, Christian stood before me and said…Go! or Do!
It would seem that many of our churches are still full of such people who are stuck in a form of Christianity that leaves people stuck in their seats.