There is a type of person who goes to church and hears the word of God, but never applies it to their life. They take comfort in the fact that they have heard God’s word without actually doing it. James says such a person is deceiving themselves. Jesus is not looking for fans, He is looking for disciples.
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus compares the person who hears the word and does not apply it to their lives as a person who has built their house on the sand. Living your life by only hearing the word of God leads to destruction. You may think you have a nice house built, but when the storms come, you will not be left standing. James pleads with his readers not to deceive themselves and live this way.
On the contrary, Jesus says the person who hears the word and does it, they are like the person who built their house on the rock. When you hear and do the word of God, you build your life on the solid foundation of Christ. No matter the storm that comes your way, you will be left standing. The question is, are you deceiving yourself?
For the King,
Pastor Daniel Batistelli