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22 You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. 23 Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. 24 They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. 25 But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do.
Growing in faith involves study, but it is not simply an intellectual exercise. James the apostle said God seeks “doers of the word,” not just “hearers.” That idea shaped the life of John Wesley, Methodism’s founder. Based on what they studied in Scripture, he and his friends got actively involved in helping prisoners and widows in Oxford. Holding together personal and social holiness has remained important to Wesley’s spiritual descendants ever since.
Lord Jesus, I want the true freedom you offer me. Help me use my freedom to serve and bless others, as you did. Amen.
My daughter is such an interesting creature. There are days where she has the memory of an elephant and can remind me of something I said thirty-seven days ago about how we could make chocolate chip, M&M, and rainbow sprinkle cookies on a Tuesday, or she can remember the stuffy that she had played with exactly once three years ago that I just happened to donate. And then there are the days where I ask her if she remembered something from the day and her response is, “Mom, you cannot expect me to remember what happened this morning. That was so long ago.” (Insert the hugest eye roll I can possibly do here). Asking her to actually do something that would take effort? I can’t even talk about the number of times I’ve heard “Sorry, Mom, can’t hear you!” without losing it a little bit.
And yet… isn’t this us, too? I can remember what someone said to me when I was ten and the new kid at a school in Atlanta but ask me to remember what my husband said to me this morning and we’re at a 50/50 chance. Some of it is just the utter chaos of life; each and every one of us is carrying a lot and our lists of to-dos are never-ending. The amount of input we receive and process on any given day is actually ridiculous. In fact, according to a report by the University of California–San Diego, the average American consumes about 34 gigabytes of data & information every day. That is estimated to be the equivalent of 100,000 words heard or read every day. A lot of that input also requires action on our part (hence those suuuuper long to-do lists). We ask a lot of our little human brains.
In this world of high input, achieving and doing, a lot of us would likely describe ourselves as “doers.” But what are we doers of? As followers of Jesus, we are called to be doers of the Word. We are called to take in God’s word, imprint it on our hearts, and then act on it. I love verse 23 in today’s passage: “They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like.” I may read Scripture each morning, but so often, I walk away from that time and immediately forget it as I get pulled into life. When I do this, I lose sight of who I am and who I am called to be.
My prayer for you today is that you might take this time to read and re-read God’s word, breathe it in. Allow it to rest in your mind and mold itself into your heart. And then, take it with you throughout your day today and act upon it. This is the most important to-do we have, and it is so worth the investment.