James 1:19-25 a Mini Worship Guide
Dumas, Senior Pastor at East Baptist in Louisville,
KY was our guest minister a
couple Sundays ago. He told us that James 1:19-25 is a mini worship guide.
1:19-25 19 My dear brothers and
sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the
righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore,
get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept
the word planted in you, which can save you.
not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone
who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks
at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and
immediately forgets what he looks like. 25
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and
continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be
blessed in what they do.
is full of crisp clear commands.
passage tells us that on Sunday mornings we need to be an active listener. When
scripture talks about “hearing” it assumes obeying. James had begun his book
telling his readers how to handle trials and then temptations. Now he tells us
how to handle truth in the context of corporate worship.
are six disciplines for expository listening:
1. Open your ears. Back when
James wrote this they didn’t have a New Testament. His was the first book
written in it. So they had to listen intently. “Take note.” “Be quick to
listen.” “Never forget.” Today we still need to go to church prepared to
2. Close your mouth. This is
a companion discipline to listening: listen more and talk less! Be careful
about what you say. Don’t promise God things you won’t do. Don’t make rash
commitments. In Matthew Jesus said we will be accountable for every word that
comes out of our mouth.
3. Control your temper. Stay
in control. Anger inhibits worship because it quenches the spirit. Anger drives
everyone away, including God.
4. Cleanse your heart. Put
aside all filthiness and wickedness. This is part of sanctification. You are to
put off some things and put on others. And it’s not just one or the other. For
example: put off anger and put on peace. Get rid of anything that corrupts or
affects our ability to hear and 1 John 1:9 promises us that when we confess our
sins He will cleanse us.
5. Mortify your pride. Don’t
be arrogant. “With meekness receive the word of God.” Be teachable.
6. Move your feet to action.
“Be doers of the word.” What are you going to do about the sermon you just
heard? About the passage you just read?
one who sees himself in the mirror; hears the word and applies it, will be
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