Are you a forgetful hearer? You listen to God’s Word at church on Sunday, but come Monday you are living your life as you choose with no regard to what you heard on Sunday?
The Bible tells us those who hear only actually deceive themselves. James 1:22 NKJV says “But be doers of the word, and not just hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” So how does one become a doer of the word?
James 1:25 NKJV gives us some clues: “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.” James continues to say we need to bridle our tongue, care for orphans and widows in their trouble and keep our self uncorrupted by the world.
Jesus teaches us by carrying out God’s commands we become like a wise man. Matthew 7:24 NKJV says “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Jesus continued to say though rain, floods and wind came against the house, it stood because it was founded upon the rock. The same is true for us, when we trust in Christ we become founded upon the rock. Nothing can move us.
Jesus also taught us about servants and masters in John 13:1-17, when he washed the disciple’s feet. A servant is not above the master. We are servants to God, which means our own will is NOT above God’s. Likewise, the one sent is not greater than the one doing the sending. We are sent by God to carrying out His good purposes in this life. We are NOT greater than God who’s sending us. Jesus capped off this teaching saying “If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.”
Look at what James 1:12 NKJV says “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved he will receive the crown of life which the Lord promised to those who love Him.”
So fellow believer, let us endure temptations and follow Christ’s example. Let us be doers of the word that we may be called wise and not deceive our self. For Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 NKJV “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
Lord Jesus, thank you for your cleansing, healing, righteousness word. Thank you for your Spirit enabling us to walk in your word and become doers of the word. Help us continue in your way all the days of life that we may be lights to the world for you. In your name we pray. Amen.
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