"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." (James 1:22-25)
I received this journal from my mom and originally had plans to make it a gratitude journal. As I pondered the verse displayed on the front, 2 Corinthians 5:7, "for we walk by faith and not by sight", I decided otherwise.
I all too frequently walk by my feelings, circumstances, selfish ambitions, and desires for comfort and control.
This journal would be a weekly reminder to not only listen to the words of eternal life, but walk in obedience to them. In essence: becoming a doer of the word. After reading a passage, I can ask myself how does this passage call me to walk, live out, conduct myself in relation to God, others, and in the world? How can I allow this to shape my life? My thoughts, words, actions, motives? How can I seek to apply what I've read in a specific way, today or this week; and trust God more deeply in the process?
I wrote the following on each page:
1.Today, Lord helping and spirit empowering, I will walk by faith by...
2.Share any outcome of action...
3.Subsequent Scriptures relating to action...
To walk by faith means to live my life according to the realities laid out in Scripture, not according to present realities. To set my mind and have my actions accord with the future hope laid up for me in heaven (Colossians 1:4-5)
Lord helping, may we not hear and forget, but hear and act. As we set our minds on things that are above, we will be renewed in our true purpose for being here: "to proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9)