Information Gluttons

Friday is for Heart Songs

Stacks of booksThe tendency in our time, perhaps all times, is that Christians who are supposed to be learners, “disciples” we call ourselves,

become enamoured of study,
intoxicated with knowledge,
saturated with more and more information

and yet we apply little.

We are educated beyond our application, walking contradictions of what it means to be a disciple for a disciple is one who is learning to become like the One he follows.

James, inspired by the Spirit of God wrote about this problem in his day, exhorting his readers . . .

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 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. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 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 (ESV)

Unfortunately, “We become intellectually gluttonous and spiritually sterile.” (Michael Wilkins, Following the Master, 20.

Do you want to avoid a spiritually sterile life?
Do you want to avoid the delusion that James speaks of?

Solution:

  • Don’t study the word less. Study it more.
  • Avoid reading anything merely to know more
  • Apply every command you find in the New Testament (every one)
  • Remember, he who does these simple things, “he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:25)

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