Now what?

“Be doers of the word, not hearers only”

James 1:22


There’s an account, in Matthew 19, of a conversation Jesus had with a rich young man who wanted to know what he had to do to get in to heaven.  Jesus said that he needed to keep the commandments, and the man responded that he had done so since his youth.  Then Jesus replied, “Go, sell what you have and give to the poor… and come, follow Me.

Verse 22:  “But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Upon hearing that, the young man walked away.  But what did he do next?  We never know.  But he did something.  Jesus challenged him, and he either took steps of obedience or disobedience.  One or the other.  As Geddy Lee sang, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

A story is told that as Abraham Lincoln was leaving church one Sunday, he was asked what he thought of the minister’s sermon.  He replied, “The minister had a strong voice and a good delivery, but he forgot the most important part of a sermon.  He forgot to ask us to do something great.”

Every Bible passage, story or chapter presents each of us with a call to action. 

So with what you know… now what??


~ “For if anyone is a hearer of the word

and not a doer,

he is like a man

observing his natural face in a mirror

who observes himself, goes away,

and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” ~

James 1:23-24


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