“Do you hear him hearing?” “No, but I hear him doing!”

James 1:22 says “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

James, since salvation, has been one of my favourite books. It’s short but it holds so much wisdom that not liking it is nearly impossible! If you’ve read my testimony you’ll know that I was lead to the Lord by a truth out of the book of James, so it has always held a special place in my heart.

James 1:22 is one of my favourite and most self-challenging verses out of James. The instruction to the believer is clear: be a doer of the word, not just a hearer. This can seem simple enough but it holds a great truth.  Now there is a distinguishable difference between a person who does and a person who hears:

Mike and Tom were out in a field, playing a friendly game of catch. Now imagine this: as Mike throws the ball he shouts “Tom! Catch!” Now Tom can do two things. He can listen and do, or he can just listen. The Tom that listens and does catches the ball, the Tom who just listens gets hit in the face.

Can you see the point I’m trying to make? The verse says “and not hearers only”. You see in both instances Tom heard what he was supposed to do, but in the instance where Tom got hit he was a ‘hearer only’. He didn’t act on what he had heard and therefore paid the price.

I wonder in our Christian lives how many of us are Tom-the-hearer-only? On a day to day basis, either from reading our bibles or through our consciences we are told what to do.  The verse says “but be ye doers of the word”. What you read in the bible should be carried out. The Bible tells us to go and preach the gospel unto every creature, but the person who hears-only sits around and does nothing, but the person who goes out and spreads the gospel is a hearer-and-doer. Both people hear what they should be doing but only one does.

As Christians we are told to be doers of the word, and not hearers only, because the only person we deceive when we hear only is ourselves. The person who hears only will come up with an excuse not to do what they are told to do, but the only person they fool is themselves.

Let me ask you today; are you a hearer or a doer? Do you listen and carry out what you are instructed to do or do you just listen? Are you deceiving yourself with excuses not to do what you know you should be doing? The title says “Do you hear him hearing?” “No, but I hear him doing!” A person cannot hear another person hearing, but they can hear another person doing. Show your obedience to the Father by carrying out his will. There is no greater testimony to others than to see you doing what you’ve been told to do. So today, as you go about your day, be a doer of the word and not a hearer only. Let me leave you with this thought:

James 4:17 says “therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” – A.

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Posted on August 8, 2012, in Andrew's Thoughts for the Day and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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