So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. – James 4:17
When I was introduced to the company I currently work for they presented three distinct values. They encouraged their employees to be imaginative and look for new solutions, to passionately never give up on the challenges presented in life and to be responsible by doing the right thing. Employees “are expected to do the right thing and act responsibly towards colleagues, the environment and the external community.”
As we can see in the verse above, the concept of “do the right thing” in not a new idea. In fact, James tells us that we are to proactively do the right thing, but what is the right thing? Based on the content of the letter, James expects that a life of faith is expressed by what we do.
- We do the right thing when we do not show favoritism.
- We do the right thing when we effectively control our tongues.
- We do the right thing by meeting the needs of others.
- We do the right thing when we flee from temptation.
- We do the right thing when we seek God’s best above all other choices.
In most instances, we can easily identify the “right thing”, but making the selfless choice to do so is not always the easiest option.