James 1:22 Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
The Apostle James is writing to Christians who are scattered abroad due to persecution for their faith.
The call is for the church of Jesus Christ ( body of believers), to not only hear the truth of God's Word, but to also do it.
In other words, hearing is good, but obedience and application of what we heard in the Word of God is even better.
Commitment in hearing and obeying the Word of God is evidence of true faith. Action speaks louder than words.
Our faith must be more than just talk. We can say all day long that we have faith, but without any tangible evidence to prove it, we are just talking loud and saying nothing.
Faith must be put to work in order for it to produce evidence.
Talk is cheap! Faith hears and then do.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
When faith hears and do, the Word of God that is heard is put into action and then, that which is heard and put into action produces and reveals a genuine heart change.
When we hear the word of God, and don’t do what it says we are only deceiving ourselves. God already knows the truth and it will eventually be revealed to others also.
Faith hears and then do!
Faith without works is dead, being alone. Faith is not faith unless it produces good works in a person’s life. This is the emphasis of James, the brother of Christ, in the letter he writes to the scattered believers.
To drive home his point that faith hears and do, James gives us an example of faith in action by starting off with a question concerning genuine faith in James 2:14-16 What does it profit, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has no works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” and yet you give them nothing that the body needs, what does it profit? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
18 But a man may say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God; you do well. The demons also believe and tremble. 20 But do you want to be shown, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Talk is cheap. Faith hears and then do.
Which are you doing? Hearing alone or hearing and doing?
What kind of fruit are you bearing? Scripture declares that a man is know by the fruit he or she bears
Believe it or not, but hearing and doing cannot be separated, faith and works cannot be separated for they both go hand in hand.
Remember, faith hears and then do. Be not hearers only but also doers of the Word of God.
Do not be deceived by your own self for true faith cannot claim to hear and then do nothing.