In the Christian lifestyle, hearing and gaining an understanding of God’s purpose for His creation is of paramount importance. However, the culmination of the coming of God’s Kingdom principles at work become realized within and to the unbelieving world when we began to execute the plan of God through our subscribing to godly living. We can profess what we believe every single day that we awake, but in an unbelieving world wherein the unbeliever and the skeptic are many, words are never enough. This is what the Apostle James was communicating to us when he said,
“What doth it profit, my brethern, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?…Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone…” (2:14,17).
In an earlier passage of Scripture, James said,
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only…For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed…” (1:22-25).
What does this mean for the believer? It means that when we engage in the reading of the Word of God, Its light shines into the dark areas of our lives and we are able to see an image of who we really are and, therefore, we are challenged to apply the Word to our everyday living. As the seeds are planted within our inner man, they begin to germinate and, if we allow the Holy Spirit to complete His work, we begin to experience spiritual growth and maturity. But this is the result of application of what we have read and heard within the Word of God.
Remember “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God…,” but true growth, maturity and an effective witness comes through application of what has been read and heard…#thinkonthesethings