“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
~ Luke 10:28
That is just the trouble with a great many people–they can answer correctly. They know all about their duty. They can repeat with glib tongue, text after text of Scripture. They can recite catechism and creed without missing a word, and like to boast of their thorough familiarity with these sacred formularies. But it is the doing that they fall short in.
They know the commandments–but they fail to keep them. They can quote any number of Bible texts about honesty and truthfulness–yet they are neither honest nor truthful. They like to talk about the love of Christ, which is meek, gentle, patient, and compassionate–but they do not think of getting any of this spirit into their own life!
They recite texts about sending the gospel to the heathen, and make speeches about saving the lost–but neither give money nor make any personal effort to save others!
If doing were as easy as knowing–how blessed we would all be! Would it not be a beautiful thing for us–to try to live all the duty we know?
“Now that you know these things–you will be blessed if you do them!” John 13:17