Day 321 –
Are you acting on what you hear?
James 1:22-27 “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. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
What are you doing today that God has told you to do?
Have you ever planned your day out that way?
At some point throughout the day, week, month, or year, believers, read or hear God’s Word spoken, but don’t always put into action what they hear.
Maybe, like me, you’ve said to yourself, ‘What does God want me to do?’
If you are in God’s Word or hearing God’s Word spoken at least once a week, those moments are like a mirror that we are supposed to reflect.
I’m more than positive when you look in the mirror in the morning you don’t walk away forgetting what you’ve seen. You know what you want to tweet or when you’re feeling confident in your new do. (Just this morning I realized how my nose has changed over the years, don’t think I didn’t inspect that thing.)
God says when we just go through the motions of hearing the Word, like sitting in church on Sunday, but don’t act on what we’ve heard, like loving our neighbor, looking after the widow, or taking care of the orphan, we are acting like the world and not Him. But true religion, on the other hand is acting on the Words He speaks into our heart and reflecting Jesus to the World.
Maybe God has asked you to invite a neighbor to your thanksgiving table, to bring flowers to a widow, to open your home to an orphan for Christmas or maybe for ALWAYS.
So what do you look like today? What have you heard or seen in the Word or wanting to reflect it to the World.
Be a Doer of the Word – Look, listen, and react!