How to Become Doers of the Word
In James 1:22, we read that we need to be doers of the Word and not just hearers. But in order for us to do the Word, we need to first understand what the Word is. Is the Word static information, instructions, or commandments that we have received from God? Or is there more to it?
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So the Word is not just a concept, but it is the Person of God. It is not the same as Scriptures, although Scriptures are God-breathed. Scriptures reveal the Word of God, and this Word is the Person of Christ. So if we read the Scriptures without the desire, purpose, and intent to know Christ, we have missed the point.
So now that we have understood what the Word means, let’s try to understand how to be doers of this Word. The first step in doing the Word is to receive the Word (Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Peter 1:23). The only way to receive the Word is by believing in Jesus. When we receive the Word of God, the “incorruptible, imperishable seed” of the Word of God is implanted in us.
James uses the analogy of looking into a mirror. Scriptures act as a spiritual mirror for us. When we read the Scriptures with the intention of knowing the Person of Christ, they reveal the Christ in us. Our spiritual reality is that we are just like Christ! We can receive this reality of the Word by believing in it. The more we look into this spiritual mirror, the more we start to understand how our natural self and our spiritual self are in conflict with each other. Whatever we spend more time on is what we become. The more we gaze and focus on Christ, the more we become like Him and we automatically start to behave like Him. To be a doer of the Word is to express the Word that is already in us, and not merely just listen to instructions and obey them. But for us to be that ‘expression’, we need to acknowledge and believe that the Word (Christ) is already in us.
We pray this word blesses you.