If someone were to write a summary of what you do on a typical day, what would it look like? Would someone say, there is a person who serves the Lord? Could they distinguish you, a proclaimed Christian, from those that are not?
Let’s look at James:
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”
James 1:22-24 KJV
There is a very important point here, “deceiving your own selves”. Most of us would say that going to Church on Sunday is enough. We are generally good people, and attend service. That covers it, right?
Deceiving your own selves!
This is a lie straight from the enemy. The picture painted above is appropriate, it’s like liking in a mirror, than walking away and forgetting what you saw. That is what happens when we are hearers of the word only. The word of God becomes a noise we endured on Sunday, rather than filling us with the joy of the Lord.
I’m not here to judge anyone on how you live your spiritual life (no more than the watchman on the wall – Ezekiel 33). However, I can say with absolute certainty, simply receiving instruction in the word is not enough. We must act on it as well.
Is it enough to read the assembly instruction on a new piece of furniture? Of course not, we must pick up the tools, and follow the instruction. It is ludicrous for us to think of someone saying that just reading the instructions is enough, we would call them crazy. Yet, this is our mentality with our faith.
There is an obvious consequence to hearing and not doing the word of God. Take a peek at society today and you will understand. When the word of God is only applied to our ears, and not to our hearts, minds, hands and feet, we are wasting and abusing a beautiful gift from our creator.
I urge you to be doers of the word, not hearers only, thus avoiding the self deception of complacency.