But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
— James 1:22 —
David Robles: Berea Seminary | Spain
Every believer is called to be a doer of the word of God and not merely a hearer. This is a huge warning, because if you are only a hearer, then you are deceiving yourself. Sadly, self-deception is quite common in every society these days. This is nothing new. In fact, the human heart has always tended to deceive itself because of our fallen nature. We can witness this in several ways and in different contexts. A true Christian follows Christ and His word. Yes, they rejoice in reading and hearing His word. You can always find those who procrastinate at work, those who always look busy but never accomplish anything. They may say that they are working, but if you do not see the fruit and results of their labor, they are just deceiving themselves. Likewise, there are those who consider themselves Christians because they grew up in a Christian family, were born in a “Christian country,” or regularly attend a Christian church. But they are deceiving themselves. A true Christian follows Christ and His word. Yes, they rejoice in reading and hearing His word. They receive with humility what the Bible says, no matter what others say. But then, they are characterized by applying it by God’s grace and the Spirit’s empowerment to their own lives. Are you deceiving yourself? Are you a faithful hearer of the word of God, and an effectual doer of the word for God’s glory?