By Pastor John Bingham
James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Although more people today have access to the Bible than ever before, there are less people reading it. While the world is not reading the Bible they are reading the Christians that they see. Someone has expressed it poetically:
“The Gospel is written a chapter a day
By deeds that you do and by words that you say.
Men read what you say, whether faithless or true.
Say, what is the Gospel according to you?”
The Apostle Paul stated it similarly in 2 Corinthians 3:2, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:” The Word of God is distinct from every other book in the world. Other books can be read to gain information, knowledge, intellectual stimulation, spiritual inspiration, amusement, or entertainment, but the Bible demands action. This call to action was also given by Christ at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. The difference in the wise man and the foolish is that the wise man acted on what he had learned, while the foolish man ignored the instruction he was given (Matthew 7:24-27). Will we be a doer of the word?