18 Nov 2018
Just Do It!
We know that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (see Romans 10:17), but what happens if we are constantly hearing without allowing it to make a difference in our lives? This is exactly what James is talking about in our passage today.
James 1:21 says: “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
God’s Word has the power to save our souls, but we must first receive His forgiveness and put aside our old habits.
James 1:22-24 says: “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”
Do you remember your BIAY scriptures from yesterday or the message you heard on Sunday? It’s easy to forget what we’ve heard unless we immediately put it into practice and allow it to change us.
James 1:25 says: “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
There’s a blessing for those who hear God’s Word and do it! But what is the ‘work’ James mentions here?
James 1:27 says: “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Pause and reflect: Every time you hear the Word, ask God to show you how you can use it to benefit the community in which he has placed you, and particularly the most vulnerable in society. Be an active doer not a passive hearer!