By and large, a problem with American Christians (myself included) is that we are hearers of the Word but not doers. We love input but have very little output (that's called constipation, by the way). In Jeremiah 22, God tells King Shallum to do what is right and just and defend the cause of the poor and needy. Then God adds, "Is that not what it means to know me?" In other words, knowing God equals ACTION! Knowing God is DOING what God does. Knowing God is not in our brains but in our HANDS. We become more like Him in our actions as we come to know Him more with our minds.
But this is not the case for many American Christians. Quite the contrary; many of us attend church, bible studies and prayer groups, cramming our minds with all sorts of information about God, yet do not let that information transform the way we live. Let's use an example: We know that God commands us to take care of the poor and needy. It's a command of God! We know the command, but how many of us have actually taken proactive steps to fulfilling that command in a serious way? I know I haven't. That is just one of many examples of how we fail to do what we know. But neglecting to practice the things that we know is to our own detriment.
The Bible says that we will be judged according to how much we know. Luke 12:47-48 says,“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. In Romans 2 we see that the Gentiles will be judged by their conscience, "the law written on their hearts", and the Jews will be judged by the law. But both groups will be judged for not practicing or living up to the law that they each have. Paul goes on to say "For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous." (Romans 2:13). James 4:17 says, "If anyone knows the good they ought to do and fails to do it, it is sin for them". The list of verses could go on and on, but the point is clear: The more we know, the more strictly we will be judged.
It is not enough to know...we must also do. Otherwise, you'd better quit going to church!
What are some things you know you ought to be doing (or not doing) but have been neglecting to do?