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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.


“If you know, you know.”

Have you heard that before?

It’s normally said when someone shares some insider information that only a select crowd is privy to. But the New Testament author, James (half-brother of Jesus – think about that for a minute!), takes a different approach when it comes to knowledge.

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

James 4:17 (ESV)

Instead of “If you know, you know,” James’ approach is “If you know, you do.” Spiritually, knowing must lead to acting. Acting is the natural byproduct of knowing. This thought falls in line with so much of the theme of James’ book. Earlier in James 2, he says that “faith without works is dead.” Same idea here in Chapter 4. You can’t just say you know something if it doesn’t lead to action. When we do that, it’s not ignorance or delay, it’s sin!

So what is it that you know to do, but are unwilling to act on?

What step of obedience is God leading you to take that you are not acting on?

Locate the sin by locating the knowledge you’re not acting on.

It’s time to act! If we know it, we do it, even when it’s difficult.

That’s the life of walking by faith.