“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Do you read the Bible? You obviously do at least a little bit since you’re reading this. Reading the Bible is pretty enormously important, but not by itself, as James makes clear here and throughout his letter. If we do not also “do” the Bible, it has profited us exactly nothing.
Now, hear me well again: Reading the Bible is important. It is worth reading every single day. It should be studied and skimmed. It should be memorized and meditated on. But, if we don’t ultimately do something about what we have read, all our efforts will benefit us nothing. Without an intention to actively put into practice what we have read, it is little more than words on paper…or pixels on a screen as the case may be.
The Bible is God’s Word. It is His self-revelation so that we can know Him and receive the gift of eternal life through His Son. It is our guide into the kind of life that leaves us really living, not merely playing at it. But, if we won’t put into practice what we see and pursue the implications of what we have heard, our net gain will be nil.
Therefore, make it your goal to not just read the Bible each day, but to find a way to put it into practice. Every time you open the book or your app, make a conscious decision to apply at least one thing you read in some kind of a way. By this, you will allow the Spirit access to your heart and mind such that He can do the real work of transforming you into a vessel of God’s glory. Don’t be just a hearer. Be a doer.