But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
Chad Walsh, an American poet and theologian of the early 1900s, wrote with prophetic precision these words:
Millions of Christians live in a sentimental haze of vague piety with soft organ music trembling in the light of stained glass windows. Their religion is a pleasant thing, demanding little more than lip service to a few harmless platitudes; it is much safer from Satan’s point of view to vaccinate a person with a mild case of Christianity so as to protect him from the real disease.
Part of Satan’s strategy is not so much to try to get the believer to discard the Bible but, rather, to disregard it.
A visitor at church once emailed the complaint that I took the Bible way too seriously. At the heart of this criticism was the obvious message that she really had no desire to practice what she heard preached—she would rather change the message than herself.
God never intended the application of biblical truth to be optional. The practice of godliness isn’t a hobby that we do in our spare time. It’s a lifestyle.
The immature believer wants whatever he learns at church to stay at church. He wants whatever he reads in the Bible to stay tucked inside the Bible. Immaturity says, “I’ll do what I’m supposed to do but not one thing more.” Maturity, however, says, “What can I apply from Scripture and how can I live it more faithfully?”
James wants us to become servants of God who don’t just put in time but who give everything we have to please the Lord and reflect His character in our lives. The next verse adds that those who apply the Scripture find true blessing from God. F.B. Meyer, British pastor and commentator, wrote about this text in James:
Wisdom Commentary Series: Titus
While our culture is effectively abandoning any remaining vestiges of biblical authority, the Church unashamedly delivers truth and hope. How is the Christian—and the local church—supposed to operate, grow, serve, and live out the Gospel? We need not guess at the answers. An inspired letter from the first century to a young pastor addressed them all . . . and the answers haven’t changed.
25 Chapters. This hardback commentary covers the entire book of Titus.
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