Scripture is not meant only for our minds, but also for our hearts to delight in God and for our hands to glorify Him through good deeds.
Published May 22nd, 2021
Main Point Summary
Be a doer of the Word of God, not a "non-doer", because a "non-doer" will forget and face deceit, but one who looks into the Word and perseveres in obedience to it will be richly blessed.
Arc of James 1:22-25
But be n doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
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,
o the law of liberty,
being no hearer who forgets
but a doer who acts,
p he will be blessed in his doing.
Every Christian should strive to live according to the Word of God as fully as possible. In this passage, James teaches us that: it is futile to know only what Scripture says without obeying it; our lives won't experience the blessings from God as we would expect if we don't put this knowledge into practice. We should note that looking into a mirror will give us some insight into our own appearance (certainly more than we realized before). That's what Scripture does when we read or listen to it: it teaches more about ourselves, namely our spiritual condition. However, this notion won't benefit us if we, unexpectedly, disregard or forget what we saw in front of us. On the other hand, those who intend to put the Word of God into practice in their lives will experience true freedom in Christ and will reap many blessings and the joy of submitting themselves to the Lord Jesus. It's good for our minds to grasp biblical truth, but we also need our hearts to delight in God and our hands to glorify Him through good deeds.