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Hear it, Do it

Weekly Devotionals

Hear it, Do it

“That was such a good message!”

These words are often shared among us on a weekly basis in regards to a sermon we recently heard. It’s a good thing to hear a good message! It usually implies that we are paying attention and also that God’s truth was conveyed through the speaker. But let us reflect for a moment, shall we?

How often, in the last month, have you taken the truth of these messages that struck some chord with you in the spirit, and applied it to your life?

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”—James 2:22-25

Most often, I don’t think we hear God’s instruction and intentionally disobey it. (But honestly and unfortunately, we probably do sometimes!) However, I believe that in order for us to not just be hearers, but also doers, we need to consider a few things.

First, as James notes, we need to look carefully into the perfect law that sets us free. It’s not enough to just get the main point of a message, but to look deeper into the place that our own life connects to it.

Next, we need to make a plan of action. The majority of our life applications happen when we make a succinct plan to make a change in our lives in response to the truth we hear. If not, it can quickly and easily slip by.

Finally, we need to act quickly. When we hear God’s word and do what it says as soon as we can, we are taking the first step in making obedience to His word a habit. And the more we do it, the sooner we will see the transformation that God is already at work in us to make. And this, in turn, becomes a blessing on us because of our desire and follow through to do right.

So, the next time you hear a good message, let’s be challenged to listen carefully, make a plan to apply it to your life, and do it quickly—as these things will mold us more into the whole point of anything changing about us—to be more like Jesus.