Text: James 1:21-25
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.” Deuteronomy 28:1
One key secret of stars is their commitment to practice. Whether in sports, entertainment, or other fields, every emerging star invests so much in practice. Acquisition of knowledge without practice guarantees disgrace in the race of life.
Believers are stars by the virtue of the Abrahamic and redemptive covenants. God promised to set us high above all the nations of the earth; that we will be heads and not tails; and be above and not beneath.
“ …if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.” (Deut 28:1).
“And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.”
Every covenant blessing comes with a covenant obligation. Likewise, and according to this covenant, there is a condition for accessing these promises. It says, “If”, meaning, being a star in your field is premised on your willingness to pay the price. The fact is that everyone wants to be a star, but not everyone will be willing to pay the price.
Now, the price is being committed to practicing what you know or have learned. The two verses have it like these “…to observe carefully” and “…are careful to observe them.” To observe is to practice. You must be a practitioner of the word. There are many believers today who spend their time confessing covenant promises but never observe them. The bible is a book to profess and not just a book to confess. What you profess is what you practice. It is from the word ‘professional’. While confession is important, the covenant obligation is that you consistently ‘observe to do’ and not, ‘confess to possess’. The word of God must not be taken as a religious book but a book to be applied; a book to be practiced.
Only doers are blessed in the covenant, but those who confess without doing are dreamers. The top is not for dreamers but for dreamers and doers. “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (Jam 1:25).
Friends, making the Bible your pillow or confessing the word, will not set you on top unless you observe to do them. You become a star by your commitment to repeatedly and consistently practice the word. Doing the word sets you on top of the world.
1. Father, I receive Your grace to diligently, repeatedly, and consistently observe to do Your word in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, deliver me from self-deception and help me to pay the price to stand out as a star in my field in Jesus’ name.
1. As I choose to observe to do all that God commands me in His covenant book, He makes me a star He has created me to be.
2. I don’t delude myself by merely confessing the promises of God without practicing them.