Holding Bible degrees while living “ragged” lifestyles is of no use

By Lisa Wilmore

There are many Biblical colleges and seminaries across the country where individuals are able to obtain bachelors, masters and even doctorate degrees in Biblical studies as well as theology. Oftentimes, these degrees are announced to the world, which serves as an acknowledgment of individuals’ accomplishments and/or graduations from an institution. Truly, these accomplishments are awesome and deserve an applause; however, obtaining a degree is just the beginning.

The question is, “How do persons measure the effectiveness of an individual’s “Biblical Study Degree?” Well, the only way the world will know the effectiveness of your Biblical degree is through your changed attitude, behavior and lifestyle-which should reflect the Word of God. Committing to and completing a structured program may impress the world; however, what is most impressive is when scholarly persons obey every Word that comes out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).

Unquestionably, once degrees have been obtained and knowledge has been imparted, we must apply it to our everyday lives. Interestingly, there are persons who want to share the height of their knowledge but live “ragged” lifestyles by disobeying the LORD’s Word. In doing so, they take no thought of their outward appearance and blatant sins. They have looked in the mirror at their sins and yet walked away and forgot what they saw (James 1:23).

Remarkably, in our recent Sunday School lesson, James writes to the early Christians who were scattered after persecution began. He pens, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do” (James 1:22-25 NIV). In essence, “knowing God’s Word is important but obeying God’s Word is more important.”

My dear friends, in our day and time, we cannot live according to the world’s way and expect the world to see our light, which is Jesus the Christ. We must apply God’s Word to our daily lifestyles. God is depending on us as Christians to share His Son with others not only verbally, but behaviorally, also. The only way the world will be able to notice our Biblical degrees-we must

“DO” what the Word of God says.

“Holding Bible degrees while living “ragged” lives is of no use.”