It takes work to be a good listener. To hear the words that are being said. There are times when we can hear words- but not process them. We choose to hear- but not obey. The book of James reminds us that we need to be more than hearers only – we need to be doers of the Word.
Hearing God’s Word
It is important to hear what God’s Word says. The most productive use of time can be listening to people teach God’s Word while you do the dishes, fold laundry or go for a walk. Spending daily time in the Word of God – personally- is vital to your relationship with Him. Taking time to go to Bible Studies and hear what others are learning is huge. Let’s not leave out going to church on Sunday and getting fed deep meat from the Bible.
Yet, if all we are doing is hearing God’s Word, and never applying it – we are not living in obedience.
Remember, we have been talking about the difference between knowledge, understanding and wisdom:
Knowledge is knowing facts. Understanding is knowing how those facts function and play out. Wisdom is taking the knowledge and understanding and applying it to every day life.
Wisdom is hearing God’s Word and doing it. We know that our time in God’s Word – however we are digesting it – is effective by the effect that it has on our attitude, behavior and life.
Applying God’s Word
The application step is sometimes hard. Often, we I read God’s Word, I am convicted about areas of my life that need to change. Things that I need to do different. Areas where I need to grow. Sin is pointed out – and it is ugly. Discipline is given – and although it is done as a loving Father, it hurts.
In order to live out our faith boldly, and to move forward in our Christian walk, we need to move past a place of just hearing and reading God’s Word. We need to step into a place of obedience and start applying it. The actual living out of our faith begins when we start applying the things we read and hear from the Word of God.
What about you? Are you a hearer of the word only? What action steps do you need to take to start walking in obedience? I would love to help!
Worshiping With My Life,