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. James 1:22-25 (ESV)
Blessed In Your Doing
Would you like to be blessed in your doing? What does that mean? Let me ask you a few different questions. Would you like to be able to know and do my will? Would you like to know where I am leading you? Would you like to know what I am asking of you? Would you like to be able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans for your life? Would you like me to work in and through you? Would you like to know that my hand is on you? Would you like to be blessed in what I have given you to do in this life? In other words, would you like to be blessed in your doing? Now, I understand. Now, I get what you are asking of me. To all your questions, I will give one strong and emphatic yes. That’s good.
What must I do if I want to be blessed in my doing? That is a question, I know you can answer. So, I will listen to your answer. If I want to be blessed in my doing, I must do two things. First, I must hear your word. I must look intently into your word. I must allow your word to deeply penetrate my heart and mind and life. I must allow your word to dwell in me richly. I must allow your word to do its work in me. What kind of work will my word do in you? Your word will change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Your word will make me able to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. Your word will help me to know and do your will. Second, and I already drifted into what I must also do, is that I must put your word into action. It will never be enough for me to only hear your word. Only hearing your word will be of no benefit to me. Thinking that I only need to hear your word would be a great self-deception. No, if I want to be blessed in my doing, I will need to put your word into practice. If I both here and do your word, I will live in freedom. If I both hear and do your word, I will be blessed in my doing. Your hand will be on me. You will do in and through me what I could have never done on my own, all by myself. You make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is what I will do. I will be a hearer and doer of your word. That will be very good.
Lord, I will look intently into your word. I will allow your word to deeply penetrate my heart, mind, and life. I will not be a hearer only of your word. I will be a doer who acts on your word. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Amen.
Key Question… How has the Lord blessed your life as you have both heard and put His word into practice?
Living It Out… Make sure that you are both hearing and putting God’s word into action.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that your life will be blessed as you hear and act on God’s word.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are hearing and putting God’s word into action.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you both hear and put God’s word into action.
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