James 1:25 says this: “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
This law that we are to hear and obey is not a law consisting of a bunch of legal jargon. It is the good news of Jesus, the gospel being spoken to us. It tells us that if we hear it and obey it, emulate it, walk it out day by day not only will it change us, but we will be blessed. When we obey it we accept it as the truth, we are not carried away by other doctrines of religion, we hear the truth spoken and we accept it. Being a doer is just being patient in hope, laboring in love, to glorify God and not self. The work of salvation in our lives where we are transformed daily into the likeness of our Lord.
It isn’t talking about works, trying to keep ourselves saved, it is talking about our looking into it, living it out, submitting to it in every area of our lives. Psalm 84:5 “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”
What is a pilgrimage? As defined by the dictionary it is a religious journey, religious expedition. Daily you continue to walk in the wisdom of learning his precepts and truth. They mold and shape you along the way.
However, if you hear the word (good news, gospel) and it falls on deaf ears then yours is not a state of blessing. You are not filled with His spirit, you are not saved and bound for heaven. Yours is a life lived for your own pleasures with not a thought toward God. You heard the truth of the gospel, but you rejected it. Blessings are not what is coming your way. Yes, you may have some good things happen in your life great things even, you may not feel any differently than you did before you heard the word, but in the end, yours is not a path leading to heaven and eternal life, but a path that leads straight to hell.
I think also it applies to us as Christian’s. We are to be obedient to the Word of God. How many times have you heard or read the word and you knew God was speaking to you, and you think I am going to…but you find later down the line that after you left the building or put down your bible you did not remember the words you heard or read. Time goes by and you forget what the Lord asked of you or you forget what He has done in times past. You forget…it is that simple. Or possibly you are walking through life and you come to the same problem you have had in the past, maybe even a sin and you start walking in your old man, forgetting the good things God has done for you, or how he delivered you before.
We need to walk daily in the truth we have heard and read, remembering our Salvation was purchased with a price, desiring to be like Jesus. To love and forgive, do and give as he did. It is possible and he says that when we do this; when we walk out the truth we have heard and received, He will bless us. I don’t know about you, but I want His blessings to flow freely in my life.