The Scripture says you should be doers of the word and not just hearers (James 1:22). But why is that? Why does God say you must act on what you know?
The second half of James 1:22 tells us why: you will deceive yourself if you don’t act on what you know. And Hebrews 5:13-14 says you will be unskilled in righteousness if you don’t put into practice what you know from Scripture.
But what does that look like practically? And why is that such a big deal? Here are three things that will happen if you don’t act on what you know from Scripture.
1. You will lose what you already have
If you don’t put into practice what you know from Scripture, you will lose your effectiveness as a believer. In the parable of the talents, Jesus said the servant with the one talent had it taken from him because he did not put it to use (Matthew 25:14-30).
God has not given you His word just to read it. Scripture is not just head knowledge. His word should change who you are.
2. You will become preoccupied with yourself
If you don’t use what you know from the word, then you will become focused on yourself. You will think more about what you can learn and what you can gain. But your life is not about you.
You cannot put Scripture into action in a vacuum. You can only learn how to love by sharing it with others (1 John 4:20). Because scriptural application is for the benefit of others.
3. You will become afraid of trying
If you don’t act on what you have learned from the Bible, eventually you will stop trying. Fear will begin to control you. The enemy of your soul will convince you that you don’t want to damage your reputation. You will think more about what others will think about you and less what God thinks about you.
God wants you to put into practice what you know from Scripture and get the focus off of yourself. Scriptural application is a daily—even hourly—choice. You must use it or you will lose it.
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