“Therefore, put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 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 who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (Jas 1:21-25)
Receiving the word of God is an important step in becoming and being a disciple of His. One who would be pleasing to God must be willing to receive the word with purity and in humility. But as important as receiving God’s word may be, it is a worthless venture if we do not obey it! Obedience is the most fundamental requirement of God. Obedience is doing the word of God.
God draws an unmistakable line between saints and sinners. Listen to the apostle John. “Whoever practices righteousness is righteous...Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil...By this it is evident who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God” (1 Jo 3:7b, 8a, 10a). Clearly stated, a person simply cannot be a child of God and stand on the sidelines being a spectator. We must prove our faith with our actions. Our job is to find our opportunities to serve others and to serve and worship God. I encourage us to all become more involved this year in doing our work.