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01/06/2010

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"But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves" (Jas. 1:23).

Practitioner: "a person engaged in the practice of a profession..ie. a medical practitioner." I don't know if I have used the word practitioner for quite a long time. The more I think about it, it's a really cool word for what I would like to write about this morning. In some way or another, in our profession, we are practitioners. As a teacher, I really think that I was one. Even as a clammer, I engage myself in what I am doing. When our profession wears us down to the point that we are just going through the motions, it is time to reassess what we are doing. And there we come to the heart of the matter.....Engagement! I don't think that we can be true practitioners if we are not engaged. As Christians, we ought to be truly engaged or enmeshed in the practice of Christianity.

James says that being engaged means "doing." There has been so much said and written about being doers and not hearers. There are so many catchy phrases...."walk the walk rather than talk the talk." "I would rather see a sermon than hear one any time....." James cuts to the chase here doesn't he! No little phrases, just that the hearers delude themselves. It is bad enough when someone else tries to scam us, we don't want to be guilty of scamming ourselves! "For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural self in the mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was" (Vs 23 & 24). That's scamming ourselves!

Our lives become so much richer when we are involved in the doing part. When we let our actions speak with greater volume than our words we are enriched. When those around us are better because of our actions we are all enriched. When the needs of the less fortunate are met, all are enriched. When we are so busy doing, that the world cannot sidetrack us into a malaise, everyone is better. Wouldn't it be fantastic within a congregation where everyone was engaged....Where everyone was a practitioner of the their professed religion? I think it is the way it was meant to be, what do you think?

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