Cornerstone Baptist Church

Weeky Devotional

The Error of My Ways

James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

My dad coached all the baseball teams I was on up through high school. I played shortstop one summer and during a stretch of games it seemed that every ball hit to me either rolled through my legs or was flung wildly over the first baseman's head. All I could think about was not making an error. "Please don't hit the ball to me", I'd think before every pitch.

Well meaning team mates had plenty of advice about what I was doing wrong: "Don't take your eye off the ball or you shouldn't throw sidearm to first." I became focused on what NOT TO DO AND WHAT I WAS DOING WRONG. No amount of avoiding the wrong fielding techniques seemed to help. It was hopeless!

Seeing my frustration my Dad took me aside and simply said, "Don't focus on what you are doing wrong, keep concentrating on the good things you're doing for the team like hitting and running the bases and encouraging the other guys on the team."

In my own Christian life I've expended so much energy and prayer trying to avoid sin and things that displease God that, too often I'm not focused on doing the "right thing." In James 4:7 it says "resist the devil and he will flee from you." Rather than resisting the devil by focusing on what not to do, I've learned that "doing the good I know I should do", puts me on the offensive when battling Satan's evil darts. Now I'm praying more that God shows me the GOOD THINGS I SHOULD BE DOING rather than only resisting the wrong things.

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