Now That You Know
My husband and I attended a beautiful wedding over the weekend. The officiant ended his sermonette, which consisted mostly of sound advice to both newly married and not so newly married couples on how to keep their marriages. He concluded with John 13:17, "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." Jesus spoke these words right after He had finished washing the disciples' feet. He explained to them the significance of what He had done and why it was necessary for them to serve one another. He topped it off with the quoted verse.
Jesus expects that once we know the word we put it into practice; that once we have been taught, have heard, have studied the word we must obey it. I have been pondering over the verse and wondered: how much of what we know do we really put into practice? Some of us were born into and raised in the church; went through Sunday School curricula that required that we memorize at least a scripture a week; we participated in Bible quizzes and other activities that pushed us to dig into the Bible. As we have grown up, we have read and reread the Bible using varied "Bible-in- a-year plans". We have attended countless Bible studies and innumerable church services.
The word of God has been preached to us, screamed to us and whispered to us countless times. How much of what we know do we really practice? Do we pick and choose what to do and what not to do? James 4:17 says "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." James 4:17.
Omission is as bad a sin as commission. Obedience is a indication of our love for God, "In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands..."1 John 5:3, and as our primary verse says, there is blessing in obedience and in doing what we know is expected of us as God's children.
May the Lord grant us great grace to do that which we know we must do, so that we will partake in the great reward reserved for those who are obedient.