You must be doers of the word
and not only hearers who mislead themselves. (James 1:22)
The Bible is filled with messages and reminders that guide us in wisdom and faithfulness. We are not only to read them or to hear them, we are to do them. We are charged to “love the Lord with heart, mind, soul, and strength,” and “to love our neighbor as ourselves,” along with many other commands.
But as James says, we must not only hear the word, but do it. Tend to the message of the Bible. Pay attention to the countless reminders of what Scripture commands, and put what you find into practice.
Today, be kind to a stranger. Smile at someone you don’t know. Hold a door. Offer a meal to the homeless man you pass each day on the way to work. Serve at a soup kitchen. Tell a teenager that you value her. Encourage a friend. Contact someone from your church and invite that person to join you for coffee. Tell your spouse one thing he or she does that you are thankful for.
Don’t just be a hearer. Be a doer.
God, your word is eternal and sure. I can stake my life on it. Ignite my passion for your truth as it is found in the Bible, and help me to live in accordance with what you have commanded me to do. Amen.