Into Practice …

Knowing & Doing …

Romans 2:17-24 NLT

[17] You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him.

[18] You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law.

[19] You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness.

[20] You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth.

[21] Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?

[22] You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?

[23] You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it.

[24] No wonder the Scriptures say, “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.”

Reflection …

It’s not enough to know what the right thing to do is, you’ve got to do it in order for it to be life changing!

The problem God’s people had was that at least their leaders knew all about what the law said and required, yet they refused to obey it for themselves. In fact, the leaders imposed observance of the law on the people while they themselves found ways to excuse or even validate their behavior.

It’s the same for us today. There’s lots of knowledge out there and our minds are saturated with information. Only those things we allow to become part of our everyday lives are what change our behavior, make habits and control our desires. Are we willing to let Jesus be more a part of our everyday lives so that our habits turn into His desires for our lives?

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