Often when we study the Bible it can become an academic exercise as we seek to know God’s truths. However, the study of God’s Word should never simply be academic. James 1:22-24 contains some very familiar words to those who have studied God’s Word. Look at them carefully.
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 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. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
It is important for us to see what James is saying. We truly must be doers of the Word. Even as we read devotionals, we can simply make them an exercise in gaining knowledge and encouragement without any real change in our lives. If all we ever get from reading God’s words and devotions is information or encouragement, then we have missed the purpose of God’s words. We have missed being transformed by the God who is the author of His Word. Truly God wants us to put into practice what we read and learn. As you hopefully take the challenge to read one chapter of James each day this week, be sure to not only read it but also understand what God wants you to do and then do it. The true blessing will come as you are a doer of God’s Word. Not only will you be blessed, but all those who you have contact with and influence over will also be blessed. I have no doubt that each chapter in James will reveal to you actions that will be a benefit to all if you do what God’s Word says. Read all of James 1 now and let God begin to transform you as 2021 draws near.