“Listen and Obey”
Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.--------James 1:22-25
I confess, I have been guilty of LISTENING and not OBEYING what I have heard. And so have countless others who sit in churches every Sunday morning and hear inspiring, uplifting, Spirit-filled messages, and it seems like when we leave the church, that there are big erasers on the doors that erase ALL we have heard and we leave having LISTENED but NOT OBEYING the Word we have received.
James says we are “like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave.” Thinking about this analogy, it’s like our OBEYING is a REFLECTION of what we have HEARD. And if we forget what we have HEARD then we cannot OBEY and therefore we must NEVER stop looking at the perfect law that sets us free, and we must put to work the words we have HEARD and be OBEDIENT to their teachings.
God will bless us in everything we do, for our OBEDIENCE to His Word, when we become DOERS of the Word and NOT just HEARERS ONLY. It is IMPORTANT that we don’t just HEAR the Word and FORGET it, because then we become ineffective as a servant to the Almighty God. And our witness becomes lacking in ALL areas.
So we MUST work at putting the Word of God into ACTION in our lives in order to be the servants He wants us to be. When we HEAR, KNOW and then DO what God’s Word instructs us to do, we aren’t the only ones that benefit from being not just a HEARER, but a DOER.
If you have not TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God then you probably don’t HEAR the Word, much less, are you a DOER of the Word. It is the HEARING the Word and DOING what it instructs you to do, concerning the SALVATION of the soul of mankind, that will set you free from your sins, and bring the SALVATION of YOUR soul. The Word of God instructs us to do certain things to receive this SALVATION, they are: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and become a DOER of the Word and not just a HEARER only. Do it NOW, while you STILL can. He’s waiting!!!