But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
We heard the old expression “if your going to talk the talk, then walk the walk”, this is what God is saying to us! Its one thing to hear the Word of God, its another thing to actually Do it. Its nice if somebody decides to go to Church, maybe they even profess to be a Christian, however if they don’t ever change or do what God tells them, they are deceiving themselves.
If somebody claimed to be a doctor, but never practiced medicine in their life, were they really a doctor? Or if somebody claimed to be a truck driver and never drove a truck in their life, are they actually a truck driver? Point is , if you claim to be a Christian, but never do anything Jesus told us to do, are you actually a Christian?
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. James 1:23-24
Some of you may ask, well how do I know if I’m a Christian then or not? Well honestly anyone who has answered the calling by Jesus, was never the same again! When you come to Jesus, your life is totally transformed, may not happen overnight, but over time you don’t even recognize who you were before
The scripture says, “Anyone who hears the Word of God, but doesn’t actually do it, is like someone who looks in the mirror and doesn’t even recognize themselves” Why? Because they are hypocritical, their walk doesn’t match their talk
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. James 1:25
The perfect Law of God is our mirror, when we look at it we can see our sinful nature. Then we recognize we need a Savior, Jesus Christ! Repent of your sins (Do), Follow Jesus (Do), Read your Bible (Do), Pray to God without ceasing (Do) Let the Holy Spirit teach and sanctify you (Do) Fellowship with other Christians (Do) Go make disciples of Christ (Do)
This is not a work based salvation, its evidence of your transformation in Christ, Amen!