“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
They may not say much verbally, but people all around you are speaking: at work, at the store, at the bank. They speak through body language, through their actions, and with their eyes. People are speaking… do you hear what they’re saying? Do you hear their souls searching for Jesus? How are you answering them?
Be swift to hear (James 1:19) what people mean—not just what they say. What do they need? Listen with your eyes as well as your ears, and then DO. Act on what you hear:
- That new teller at the bank could use a smile. You can see how nervous she is.
- That business man pumping gas could use a prayer. You don’t know what he needs prayer for, but God does.
- The neighbor child is drawing a wonderful chalk picture on the sidewalk. It’s colorful, well-thought-out, and only she knows what it is. She needs to know her work is appreciated and admired.
- When you spoke to your friend on the phone, she said everything was fine, but you heard the edge in her voice. She was distracted, distraught, disheartened. She needs your encouragement, your edification, and your prayers.
We are to be doers of the Word, not hearers only. What do you hear Jesus telling you to do? Speak up, step up, show up! Did the Lord’s words go in one ear on Sunday and out the other before you awoke on Monday? Don’t be afraid to review your notes on Monday morning. Do you need to be inside a church to remember to do as Jesus would do? Ask God to show you how to apply Sunday’s lessons to your life, starting right now.
What would Jesus do? He would bridle his tongue, say a prayer, discern the need, then speak and do. Listen to the multitudes. Listen to those close to you. What can you do for them? What would Jesus do?
Lord, search my heart. Whom have I overlooked today? Use me… give me the opportunity to do Your will. Make me a bold doer, and not just a hearer. My hands are Your hands, my feet Your feet. Use me for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, for it is in His name that I pray. Amen.