Taking the Step of Obedience
Verse 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.
Yesterday we looked at how we tend to leave the conviction we feel during the sermon in the pew when we leave. Today we start talking about how to make sure we are taking that conviction out the doors and into our daily lives.
“But whoever looks intently…” This is a vital step in our obedience to the Spirit’s conviction. This is one reason it is necessary for us to take the conviction with us as we leave the service. While the initial twinge of the Spirit in our heart is important there is often more to it than that. If we never look more intently at the conviction in light of the perfect law of God, weighing out the truth of it in our lives and repenting of the sin that was pointed out to us, we will never be able to work with the Spirit at taking the proper action going forward.
“The perfect law gives us freedom.” I’m sure that isn’t a statement that is heard often. How can something that restricts give freedom? That may sound like an oxymoron but in truth that is only because we are continuing to look at what is being restricted. Conviction can bring those same reservations because more often than not the thing that we are being convicted about is something that we enjoy. We may not want to see it as a sin. If we look at the positive side of the conviction we may see openings for serving God in new and exciting ways.
That is James’ whole point in this section of his letter. He wants his readers to see that knowing what God desires of us isn’t enough. If we are not taking action on what we know, we are living in disobedience. No action points to God not being Lord of our lives. If we truly love God and have Him as the King of our hearts then we will be intentional about not forgetting what He has convicted us of. The best way not to forget something is to keep reminding ourselves of what God is saying to us. We need to meditate on His Word and let it do its work in our lives.
James tells us that this is a way we can be blessed in our spiritual lives. Obedience assures blessing in the action we take. When we choose to take the action that He desires us to take we will find a joy that will make us thankful that we obeyed.
Making It Personal
When have you been convicted about something and did nothing about it? When have you felt convicted and followed the Spirit, taking the needed action? What was the difference in the results?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to feel convicted? Have you ever felt convicted? Why would Jesus convict us?
Father, thank You for the way You point out our sinful ways so that we can know the change we need to make to be in line with You and Your will. Convict us hard enough that we don’t miss it and give us the strength to obey. In Jesus’ name, amen.