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BE DOERS OF THE WORD!

Date: October 26

Category: Faith Expressed Through Actions

James 1:22-24
"But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks careful at his [own] natural face in a mirror; for he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiBe doers of the Word! This is a very important part of being a Christian. There is a blessing in reading and hearing the Word of God, but there is a greater blessing in doing what the Word of God says. In verse 21b it says, "in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls." In other words, when the Word of God is implanted within our hearts, it has the power to save our souls. It has the power to bring all the fruits of the Spirit that are mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. But in order for the Word to have an effect in our lives, we have to be doers of the Word, meaning we have to obey the message.

We can't just be listeners and readers of the Word of God. If we just listen and read the Word and we don't do it, then we are only betraying ourselves. James says that we cause ourselves to fall "in deception by reasoning contrary to the truth." In other words, we start thinking contrary to what the Truth says. We start thinking that it's okay to do certain things that the Lord clearly says is displeasing in His sight. So being just a listener of the Word and not a doer becomes a real deception. When you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, then the proper way to show that belief is by obeying His Word.

Faith is really an action. Only as you and I apply the Word in our lives can we benefit from it. Think about when you go to a doctor and the doctor prescribes some medicine for you. Let's say, you decide not to take the medicine even though you went to the doctor and listened to what he had to say. You cannot benefit from that medicine if you don't take it. It doesn't matter how many times you visit the doctor. If you don't listen to what the doctor tells you to do, then you cannot benefit from him. It's the same way with God. It doesn't matter how many times you listen to the Word. If you don't apply the Word in your life, then you cannot benefit from it.

In verse 23b-24, James says that if you are a hearer of the Word but not a doer, then you are "like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror…thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like." In other words, if you just listen to the Word but you don't apply it into your life, then the things you've heard did not register into your heart. You will become like the foolish man who forgot what his reflection looked like.

We read something very similar in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24, "So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock." So when the storms and trials of life came, the wise man (the doer of the Word) didn't experience destruction to his house (verse 25). But then in verse 26 Jesus said, "And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand." So when the storms came to the foolish man who was just a hearer of the Word and not a doer, his house was destroyed (verse 27).

It's so important to be more than just hearers of the Word. We need to be doers of God's Word because faith can only find its full expression in actions. It's very important to read and listen to the Word as well because you can't be a doer of the Word unless you've first heard it. But in order to reap the benefits that are attached to the Word, we need to heed to this instruction and be more than just hearers, but be doers of the Word of God!

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