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.
While reading your Bible is a valuable and important activity, putting what you learn into action is what’ll bring change in your life. You can read your Bible eight hours a day every day until you die but if you never actually apply what you read, you will go without!
James describes God’s Word as a mirror and just like a regular mirror where we check our appearance and adjust ourselves accordingly, so we must look into the God’s perfect Word and adjust the parts of our lives that do not match up. Don’t be like the person who looks in the mirror, sees the problems but then immediately forgets them when he turns away.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God’s Word contains everything we need to know to live victorious Christian lives. So much of how we progress in this world, depends on how much we understand and then apply of God’s Word. How we think guides how we act and so if we are believing lies, not the truth of God’s Word, we will struggle to see success.
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are born-again, become citizen of the kingdom of God and heaven is your home. After this, to walk victorious in this world, requires us to renew our minds. A large part of doing God’s Word is changing the way we think to agree with God’s Word. Once we have the correct perspective of God’s nature, our identity in Christ and how to walk in faith, we can then do the things we are called to do with boldness and confidence. We can give of our resources, we can heal the sick and we can drive back the kingdom of darkness on every side.
The great thing about God’s Word is that He writes it on our hearts through the Holy Spirit. As we allow Jesus to work in us, we will have a natural hunger for His Word and a natural desire to do it. When we are born again, our old sinful man dies and a new man without sin is born within us (born-again). This new man has a new nature, no longer is he a sinner, he is a saint (someone saved and made righteous by the grace of God through Christ) and he wants the things of God.
Let’s not fool ourselves that doing the Bible is not important. Let’s take it seriously and see the transformation in our lives that we hear about in the Gospel. Jesus said that those that are in the family of God will be doers of the Word. He also said that those that truly make Him Lord will do what He tells them.
But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Hearing and doing God’s Word is building on a foundation of rock, when the storms of life come, you will remain standing!