“At one time a hearer but not a doer...”
Have you noticed that with certain events come certain expectations and requirements? When the weather begins to warm and trees begin to bud and flowers dressed in their colorful costumes dance in the wind, you know spring has come. When spring comes the grass grows which means it’s time to ready the lawn mower for service.
With every blessing, there are corresponding responsibilities and requirements. So it is with learning new truths in God’s Word. Learning is not an end in itself. For every truth we learn God has attached to it certain expectations and stewardship responsibilities. True learning is truth that confronts us with a need to change. Are there some things in your life that need changing? If we keep thinking and living like we are now, we will never be better and our lives will not change as we desire.
God’s Word is meant to change our minds and our living. With the help of God’s Word, His Spirit, and our own actions we can change our living. There is a thrill in learning, but God wants to move us beyond the know stage to the do stage.
James, the half brother of Jesus, was at one time a hearer but not a doer. He had seen the life of Jesus and had heard His words but did not believe nor do. But after the resurrection of Jesus, the light came on and he became a believer (one who trusts the provision of Christ’s death on the cross for his sins) and a doer. James went on to be a great spokesman for Christ and His salvation. He wrote the brief little book named after him and in it he encouraged the followers of Jesus: “Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only.” He went on to say, if we are merely hearers we are deceiving our own selves.
As you learn, grow, and change, prayerfully ask God: “What would you have me do?”
Just as sure as wind comes with Spring, doing goes with learning. What good is spring without the wind, and what good is listening with out doing? Become a doer!
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