But ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror—for once he looks at himself and goes away, he immediately forgets what sort of person he was. Jacob 1:22-24
When we study the Bible, information without application is stagnation. We are instructed to be “doers of the word;” not just “hearers.” If we don’t become “doers” we are only “deluding” ourselves. Jacob compared the Bible to a mirror. As we gaze into the words of God in the Bible, we see ourselves reflected in it. We see our blemishes and stains. We see how we need to beautify our lives in the sight of God. Perhaps we need to apply the salve of the Spirit. Or need to grasp the highlighting grace of faith, or the corrective lines of obedience. Some people walk away from God’s mirror (the Bible) without making the needed change. The key to that is: “But the one who looks intently into the perfect Torah, the Torah that gives freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts—he shall be blessed in what he does. (Jacob 1:25). We must not only “look intently” into the Bible; we must “continue in it.” It is important that we must “not become a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts.” If we are willing to do what the Bible says, “we shall be blessed in what we do.”
It’s not enough just to be students of the Bible. We have to be disciples of Messiah. This was the theme of the Sermon on the Mountain in Matthew 5 – 7. Yeshua condemned the religious people who studied the Torah but never got around to applying its’ message. He urged life-changing obedience to His words and concluded the story with 2 builders. One built a house on a rock, the other on sand. The first man’s house withstood the storm, but the house on the sand collapsed. What was the difference? ““Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. (Matthew 7:24, 26)
Don’t just hear: Do!