Verse of the Day: James 1:22
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” – James 1:22
This is a very important verse. There are many people who merely go to church, listen to a good sermon, read the bible verses with the Pastor, sing the songs during worship time, then go home. There is nothing wrong with any of these things. The problem is when this is all there is.
If, when we go to church or a bible study, there is no change in our lives that cause us to be evermore devoted to God, then the question I have is, what is our purpose for going? James is very clear here. It is not enough to just hear His word; it must become who we are. Jesus said it this way. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus basically said that if you do not do His will as seen in His Word, you really do not know Him, you only know about Him.
I want to challenge us to look at how we approach God and His Word. Do we take it seriously? Do we allow it to change us into true servants of God? Examine your ways and if you find yourself falling short, go to God and confess it, and then submit yourself fully to Him. Take His word and let it change you. You will find there is no other life worth living.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.