Bible Reading: James 1:22-25 “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You just do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
The story is told of a little girl, Stacy, who had a messy room. Toys were all over her floor and her mother simply wanted her to pick up her toys. Her mother asked her several times but she never answered. Then her mother called her by her dreaded middle name and said, “Stacy Marie, why aren’t you listening to me?” The little girl replied, “my ears hear you, but my arm’s aren’t listening.”
This makes me think of how we sit and church and we hear the word of God, but we aren’t doers of the word. We listen but that’s as far as it goes many times. But the Word of God tells us to be DOER’S of the Word or else we are only fooling ourselves.
God knows the heart of man and he knows your heart. He knows if you love him. He knows if you pray to him. He knows how much your thoughts turn to Him. It may seem easy to fool others, but God is no fool.
I am reminded of scripture in John 21 when Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” and again he asked, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Even though Peter answered him with Yes Lord each time, yet Jesus asked again, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” And Jesus finally said, “Then Simon, feed my sheep”. Jesus is asking you today, “DO YOU LOVE ME”? “DO YOU LOVE ME?” “DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME?” “HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME?” BE A DOER OF MY WORD NO JUST A HEARER !!