One of my favorite writers Shane Claiborne talked at the Memorial Union yesterday. If you haven’t already, check out his book The Irresistible Revolution http://www.amazon.com/Irresistible-Revolution-Living-Ordinary-Radical/dp/0310266300. His talk inspired multiple blog posts that will be written in the next couple weeks. But I’ll get back to Word on Wednesdays for the time being.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Those who listen to the word but do not do what it says are like people who look at their faces in a mirror 24 and, after looking at themselves, go away and immediately forget what they look like. 25 But those who look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continue in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25
My cousin caroline http://musingsinmontage.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/teach-them-to-obey/ wrote a couple days ago about how it’s not about knowledge. Knowledge of God is only useful if it helps us obey God. Learning is never the goal. Obedience is. We need to listen to the Word in order to follow it. We need to be doers not hearers.
But what is it that we’re supposed to be doing?
…Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39
So if the first passage is telling us that we need to be doers of the law and the second passage is telling us that the most important law is to love God and love people, by the transitive property that I learned about in formal geometry (thanks Mr. Weber), we need to be lovers. Leave a comment if you think my math is off. Shane was talking last night about how he went back for a high school reunion and had to put an occupation down. He wrote lover, and will be forever listed in the reunion booklet as being a lover. It was a funny story, but it is true. We are first and foremost called to be lovers, and that should be our primary occupation.