“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25).
Being a doer of God’s word is imperative.
To become and remain a doer of the word of truth does not happen by accident.
James 1:19-25 identifies four essentials of an honest and good heart. The first three of these are a ready mind, a pure heart, and a meek spirit (see previous posts). The final essential is a determined will.
Without an ironclad commitment to become and remain a doer of God’s will, the word of truth which is able to save your soul does not reach its intended fruition. Instead, spiritual crop failure occurs. All has been for naught.
God’s word is of no more practical value to you than a mirror which has been used to discover that there is something amiss in your appearance and yet you have failed to use the information it provided to correct the problem.
If you would not want to appear before other humans in an unkempt physical state, why would you want to appear before the judgment seat of Christ in an unkempt spiritual condition?
The only way God’s perfect law of liberty is a blessing to you is when you are a continual doer of the word and not a forgetful hearer.