The Importance of Practicing the Scriptures (James 1:23-25)
James 1:23-25, 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.
Sam was covered in mud. “What happened?” his mother asked. “We played tackle football in the mud.” As Sam headed up to shower and clean up, he looked into the mirror. The mirror didn’t help him get cleaner, but it showed him how dirty he really was. When he got into the shower, he picked up a bar of soap. Standing in the shower and holding the bar of soap wouldn’t help him get clean, either. Just because he has the tools to do the job doesn’t mean the job will get done. It isn’t until Sam uses the soap and water that he can be clean.
Psalm 119:10, Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. How can you clean up your life? It’s not by looking at yourself to see what is wrong. It’s not by taking the Word of God and seeing what you should do. It’s by taking the Word of God and applying it to your lives. Knowing right from wrong doesn’t get rid of the dirt in your life. It’s not until you take heed to what God has said that your life will change.
James tells us to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.” James gives the example of someone who looks into a mirror and sees himself but does nothing about it. Looking in the mirror is useless unless he does something about what he sees. We all have things in our lives that we need to change. Recognize what God has said in His Word, and then listen and obey, don’t just hear.
What happens when we refuse to read the Bible?
1. Your View of Sin Becomes Distorted (Psalm 119:1-3).
When we do not spend time with God’s Word, our comprehension of the scope of Jesus’s work is stunted. We are not given daily, fresh insight into how much we owe him, how great his gift is. Our love for Him grows slowly and pitifully apart from daily nourishment at His Scriptures, which remind us of our state without Jesus and with Him. When we begin to neglect the Scriptures we will notice that our love for the Lord begins to fade, our comprehension of His grace becomes insufficient, our guilt for sin becomes nonexistent.
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Prayer, Heavenly Father, it amazes me how Your Word sheds light on my deepest sin issues. It is true I have many sins that I would rather deal with tomorrow. I know that is wrong, Lord, and many of my sins don’t just harm me, but harm those I love as well. Help me have the courage, strength, and desire to deal with my sins and take them to Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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