But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 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. 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.
If you read Jeremiah 37-38, you will meet a wicked king names Zedekiah. I would describe him as a hearer who never did a thing. He constantly sought advice from the people, his leadership team and, particularly the prophet of God, Jeremiah, and yet the words from the Lord never moved him to obey. He was a real “hearer” and not a “doer.”
James calls us to consider the same issue in our walks with the Lord. Hearing God’s Word is vital and essential. We should be in church, in study, and in the Word often. But that is at best a good beginning. I heard a mom once tell her son who asked as they were being dismissed from church whether the service was over. The sermon is finished she said, but the lesson begins now as we seek to walk it out in our lives. May today find you being a GREAT hearer and an even GREATER doer of what God has told you!
Hear and Do!
Pastor Jack Abeelen