Golf is a game of precision and precision takes practice. Sure it’s great to get on the range and work on your game, but at some point you’ve got to tee it up and play for real. However, some people would actually rather spend all their time practicing rather than playing!
Some people live the Christian life like that. God never intended for you to spend your time sequestered in your quiet place working through the daily drills. It’s okay to deepen your relationship with Jesus so that He can transform your character to reflect His glory, but who sees His glory if you don’t get out there on the course of life?
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22; NIV).
I love the book of James because there is no subtly. James follows verse 22 by saying that if you stare intently into the Word of God and walk away from it unchanged and forget what it says, you’re like a man who looks at himself in the mirror then walks away forgetting what he was looking at. James’ cure for forgetting is doing.
Let’s face it, you spend time with God, then get in the car to go to work. You catch every light red, get cut off in traffic and spill coffee on yourself; traffic is backed up and you are late. You get there and the elevator is down so you take six flights of stairs and sit down to a billion e-mails that came in over the weekend. Um, yeah, what was that you were saying this morning, God?
Life can swallow you like a water hazard swallows a golf ball. We can drown in the day’s minutia. That daily devotional prepares you for those hazards, but Jesus wants us to get out there on life’s course and aggressively take our shots; to play life with confidence knowing He has prepared us to be the salt and light to others.
Without the preparation, we’ll never reach the potential our Heavenly Father has waiting for us. However, the balanced Christian life requires both preparation and “doing” all that God is teaching.