This One Will Be Blessed


“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”— James 1:25

In my book, I talk about the “zeroth commandment,” the promise of freedom that precedes the Ten Commandments. In the verse above, that promise is fulfilled. Christ’s payment means that the possibility of being condemned for not obeying the Ten Commandments is now gone. Yet the possibility of blessing remains.

God’s law is now a teacher. In the context of what James calls the “law of liberty,” the Ten Commandments are not a bludgeon with which to hammer ourselves or anyone else. The teaching is purely a gift. If I treasure this gift enough to try to practice it, then I anchor the words in my heart and make them real in my life. Through action of this sort, we reshape ourselves into channels of blessing—becoming recipients of blessing as well as instruments of blessing to others.

[31 Days of James]