WHAT I OUGHT TO DO
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
James 4:17 NLT
We most often think of sin as a list of things we should not do. Don’t lie. Don’t steal. Don’t covet. Don’t kill. Don’t be jealous. In our passage today James tells us we can also sin when we don’t do what “we know we ought to do.”
Let’s think this through. Are there things that I should be doing that I’m not doing? As a follower of Jesus should I be spending time daily reading God’s Word and talking to God in prayer? Should I be a committed part of a local body of believers who is faithful to serve? Should I be a tither and beyond tithing be a generous giver to support kingdom work around the world? Should I be a witness to others in my world by sharing Jesus with them?
The list of what we should be doing could go on and on. However, we need to determine what the Holy Spirit would like to say to us about what we are not doing.
James starts this verse with, “Remember.” The actual Greek word is, “oun.” It is most often translated, “therefore.” One of my college professors used to say, “When you see the word “therefore” you should ask what it is there for.”
James encourages his readers to remember the information he has shared with them about how to live faith filled, godly lives and put that information into action in their lives. As followers of Christ, we are called to stand confidently in trials and temptations. We are called to serve others without prejudice. We must have a controlled tongue.
What is the Holy Spirit saying you need to be doing?
Holy Spirit today I yield to Your control and influence in my life. I trust You to know what is best for me and desire to do whatever You direct.
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