James 1:22 & 25
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Are you doers of the Word? Do you put into practice what you hear and read from God’s Word? Do you just read and listen to the Word of God without applying its truths?
The Lord hasn’t made His Word available just to give us interesting reading. He is preparing us for action. The implanted Word only flourishes in the enriched soil of true obedience.
Unlike simply gaining knowledge by reading history books or enjoying literature for pleasure, reading God’s Word demands action.
James speaks of the fact that hearing alone is not enough. Hearing must be accompanied by action. Mere hearing leads to self-deception.
Unless we obey God’s Word we cannot experience spiritual health. Obeying the word of God is the best prescription for spiritual health.
The Lord tells us to hear the Word and to do the Word, letting it take root and grow in our lives so that we are continually transformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Here from James we hear the echo of our Lord’s sermon on the mount. “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. … And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” And you know which of these two houses our Lord said would collapse amidst the storms of life. (Matthew 7:24-27)
The blessing is in the doing. We must be those who intently look into the Word. In the Word we see what God would have us be and do. Then we must set about doing. As obedient hearers, whose lives are constantly doing the Word, we will experience the blessing of God.
As a believer, is your life characterized as one who is constantly doing the Word?
It is obedience to the word of God that is primary as we live our life.
Let us listen and obey for God’s glory, for our good, and for the sake of the gospel.