James 1:22 (NKJV) 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
What a wonderful reminder the Lord has given us in this verse. How important it is that we are not just hearers of the word but doers as well. The only way we can be doers of the word is to know the word, and the only way we can prove that we have been hearers of the word is by doing. The two go hand in hand. But, how do you do the word, and how do you hear the word, we must know how to do both things and find that perfect balance. Be Doers Of The Word What is “doing” the word? It is abiding in His commandments. As we come to the Lord, our understanding of His expectations begin to grow. When we are a young Christian, the expectations are broad. We as new believers may understand that we should go to church but do not necessarily fully understand why. We know instinctively that murder is wrong. We know that we should remain faithful to our spouse. As we continue to grow in Christ we start to obtain more understanding of Christ’s commandments for us. We start to understand what it is to love your neighbor as ourselves. We start to understand how to study the word more and more. As we mature some of the blurred lines of Christianity should start to come into a much clearer focus. We are called to follow His commandments, His teaching, His guidance, His rules basically. How do we get a better understanding of these things? Hearing the word. Be Hearers Of The Word Romans 10:17 reminds us… (17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God… Our faith comes directly from hearing the word of God. Hearing the word of God can come in many different forms. You can go to a service on Sundays to hear a local pastor explain the word of God. You can read books that help give you further understanding. You can read devotionals… well, I guess you know that one. You can also develop study habits to dig deep into God’s word. You can have in-depth conversations with friends. There are so many ways you can advance your understanding of God’s word. The most important part is actually doing them consistently. Think about it, would you expect a baby to grow if it only ate once a week? Absolutely not, you would expect the opposite actually. If that baby does not eat consistently, it actually will become unhealthy. To grow in our understanding of His commandments, it has to be a daily commitment. Putting Them Together Doing and hearing go together like peas and carrots as Forrest Gump would say. You really do have to have one to do the other. If you were constantly trying to do the word without hearing it first, you would end up confused and possibly could cause more damage than good. If you hear the word constantly but do not apply it, the time spent hearing is worthless. Strive to be both doers and hearers of the word. Closing Thoughts: You may be better at one thing than the other but a solid Christian walk should consist of some combination of doing and hearing. Strive each day to find that perfect formula. John 13:17 (NKJV) 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.