James introduces us to his forth block in James, being a doer and not a bystander of the word. In eternity past, the Lord designed a three-fold purpose for your life:
To know God
To grow spiritually
To sow good deeds
This week it is all about sowing. The heart of the passage is the following verse...
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1
When my children were young they would ask if we had to go to church, my quick response was always, "No we don't have to go, we get to go to church." The same holds true with changing eternal history to the glory of God. We don't have to do good deeds, we get to do good deeds.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.