It's been described as the longest possible distance for a Christian to span, and the greatest distance to negotiate - the 1ft (30cm) distance from your head to your heart!! Some of you will instantly know what I'm talking about: clear as a bell you KNOW and understand the TRUTH in your HEAD - but HOW to get it into PRACTICE in your LIFE?? Oh, it can be soooo frustrating!!!
FACT: we will always know more than we're yet managing to live out. This is mostly fine. FACT: every single thing we DO and live as a Believer we first had to learn and understand - in our HEAD!! Okay it's certainly not a terribly good idea to overtax yourself by stacking up a great pile of knowledge in your head that you're not living. Nonetheless, NEVER stop learning - as there's is no other route to get you started towards maturity in Christ.
So what's the problem here? Well, ultimately we simply MUST get into our life, and put into practice, what we've learnt. FAILURE to do this can mean a Christian who KNOWS it all, but lives out so LITTLE of it!! Let not that Christian think that God is pleased with him nor will give him great REWARD in heaven!! Practical James, as usual, puts this clear as we could possibly want: But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. JAMES 1:22
James is saying that the non-doer is deceiving himself. Wow, that's SERIOUS! So set yourself to LIVE IT!! But one step at a time, okay, so you don't wipe yourself out! If you don't succeed at first, then do keep trying, but you may also want to consider (though NOT always the right way) moving to something else that you already KNOW and work at getting that into your life! Later come back to the first one.
In all of this you have a wondrous ally - the Spirit of the Living God!! Without Him nothing is ever going to happen in your Christian life. In Part 2 we'll look at how to make the very best use of His help!
Continued in Part 2, "The Holy Spirit's Part in 'Head and Heart'"...
- BM, with his Lady