When I was praying the other day, I was encouraged to look up James 1:22. That verse says “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” I had read this verse before but I knew the Lord wanted me to pay close attention to it for a reason. I listen to the Word every day. I listen to it and take notes, mental notes and physical notes. I ponder on the Word. I meditate on what I listen to. I pray over what I listen to. I take the Word in and I let it marinate in my spirit. It always swirls around my mind and lands in spots that need to be reinforced in my thinking. I found the Word to be a very powerful tool when it comes to renewing my thinking. I love to use the Word to my advantage and the best way I use it is by giving it a chance to change me on the inside. That change is reflected in the outside but there is one area where I can miss it easily; when it comes to being a “doer of the Word” I need more practice. I do what the Word says in my areas of my life. I am a prayer warrior, a faith soldier and a praise giver. Now, what am I lacking? A lot. There is a lot in the Word of God that I can put into action and getting that reminder through James 1:22 was just what I needed.
After I read the verse, I asked the Lord for more direction and more information. What He sweetly whispered to me on the inside, is that being a doer of the Word is something that should be natural, habitual and not optional. As believers we are called to being doers of the Word every single day. When we are in public and in our private lives. We can’t follow the Lord only when everyone is looking. We should also follow Him in our thinking and in our hearts. A doer of the Word puts God first in everything he or she does. A doer of the Word listens to the Word more than they listen to the world and they always apply what they hear in the Word of God whether they feel like it or not. A doer of the Word zeroes in on the spirit and puts his/her flesh under. A doer of the Word is moved by the heart of God and always sees opportunities to love others. We can all be doers of the Word on a regular basis. It takes dedication, discipline and determination but the Lord would never tell us to do something impossible.
If we only listen to the Word and don’t apply what we learn, the Bible says that we are like a man who looks in the mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like. The Word is our mirror and it shows us who we are in Christ and what we should look like on the inside. The reflection of the Lord should always be seen in our actions, our words and our thoughts. A doer of the Word is not afraid to shine the Lord’s light and to be more like Him any chance they get. A doer of the Word is in sync with the Lord by communicating with Him all the time. A doer of the Word welcomes the Holy Spirit and adores Jesus. I believe that is very important. Jesus is the center and we ought to reverence Him and honor Him. As we do what the Word inspires us to do, we lift up Jesus. We lift Him up when we interact with others, when we go about our daily routine, when we think about life and when we are alone. Jesus is a 24/7 motivation. He is the goal. He is the goal of what we should aspire to be like.
We can’t be doers of the Word without the love of Jesus. Focusing on everything that the Bible says and ignoring love is being a mistaken and a misled doer of the Word. It’s having the wrong priorities and misunderstanding Jesus. As long as we strive to love like Jesus and we are in communion with His Spirit, we will be doers of the Word that can sustain their ability to do as the Word says. The good news is that the Lord is assisting us and helping us become good doers of the Word. All He is looking for is a willing heart. Open yourself to being the doer of the Word the Lord wants you to be. Take one step at a time with His help. It will get easier. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: John 13:17; Romans 2:13; James 1:22-25