“But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].”
James 1:22 AMP
The average christian attends church services at least twice a week, which is usually their only opportunity to hear the word of God, apart from their daily devotion. Others go the extra mile to listen to sermons, revise their sermon notes, and attend special meetings.
However, it is not enough to hear the word and know what it says, we must also act on it. Acting on the word is what brings us its benefits and not just hearing it. See how Apostle James’ explains it in his epistle:
“For if you listen to the Word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.” – James 1:23-24 NLT
However, the one who does the word is “blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). Jesus said this too:
“But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.” – Luke 11:28 NLT
Dear believer, the word of God is not just a beautiful piece of literature to be savoured and enjoyed. Its purpose is beyond provoking thought and meditation, and sharing with others. It is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (II Timothy 3:16 NKJV)
Through the word, God commands our desires and actions. Therefore, as believers, if we constantly hear and do the word, it will reflect in our conduct. It will be evident in our speech, actions, and lifestyle.
Although it is good practice to memorise scripture and have the word of God in your heart, you must take a step further to live out the word in your heart. Let it be evident to the world that you live by a different standard (Psalm 119:11, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16-17).
Follow the word to the letter; A person who obeys the word of God is wise (Matthew 7:24). Do not be a hearer alone, be a doer of the word!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 4:31-37, Ephesians 6:10-24, Psalms 119:97-104, 1 Kings 21-22