What We Don’t Do Matters

James 4:17 (NASB), “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” 


Boy, do I have “a few” stories where I have not lived up to this. Thank God for His gracious mercy, I have needed it and I continue to need it.

What a believer “does not do” is commonly referred to as sins of omission. It is not only what people do that matters, the good that they fail to do is equally important to God.

Knowledge of God’s principles, His revelations, implies responsibility to act on them. The sin of omission of knowing God’s will and not doing it is presumptuous sin (should I or shouldn’t I?).

Knowledge of God’s Word without the application of it in our experiences will eventually distort our knowledge of it. It is possible to cauterize the soul by dabbling (i.e., sampling) in divine truth and revelation knowledge, and not benefitting from it because we do not practice it.

Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

“Good” refers to what is intrinsically good — goodly, fair, beautiful, excellent, surpassing, suitable, honorable, praiseworthy. It can adapt to circumstances, purposes, and whatever it is that you are experiencing right now at this moment.

A Christian life is a marathon race. Doing good is not to be justified by good works, but living as God planned for those who have received his gracious salvation through faith.