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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.
- James 1:25 (NIV)
Worshiping with fellow Christians is special. Being fed from the word of God, being taught and encouraged by singing and praying together, giving to meet the needs of others, and remembering the sacrifice of our Savior all make the time we spend together a blessing.
But I think that too often the motivation to live more faithfully grows cold once the church services are over. We don’t always take what we learn in church and live it out in our daily lives. If we leave behind what we learned while we were assembled together, we miss out on putting our discipleship into practice. Taking to the street what we have learned means treating our families and neighbors the way Christ would. It means being the very best employees we can be. It means maturing as parents, as students, and even as citizens. As the verse from James quoted above tells us, it means for us to go beyond listening to acting.
Meeting together as Christians gives us the tools and understanding of God’s love that help us live faithfully. Wherever we go as we leave the service, we can resolve to share with others the unity and peace that Christ’s love inspires in us.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room