A current criticism leveled against Christians is that we are like consumers who sit back and enjoy a good song and sermon time. Unfortunately, there is much truth in this accusation. This is merely a symptom of a larger problem; we like to learn more than we like to obey.
This should be old news to us as James tells us that we must be people who obey, not merely listen. He said, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25).
Do you want to be blessed? It doesn’t come from just hanging out with your Christian friends and quoting Scripture. It comes from being “an effectual doer.” Lord, push me out of my comfort. Give me an obedient spirit that I may serve You well.