James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
What do we do with the Word once we’ve received it? We’ve put aside our sinful nature (Ephesians 4:22) and we’ve opened ourselves to receive from God. But now what? Church on Sundays? Maybe a church function now and then? Bible reading? What?
There’s no question that as disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we’re to read the Scriptures, studying them and learning all we can. We’re absolutely called to attend Sunday worship services with other believers (Hebrews 10:25), taking part in corporate worship, listening to a sermon, and sharing life with others. Quiet study and prayer done in solitude are vital to the life of a Christian as well.
But James takes things a bit further. Being doers of the Word is to live out our beliefs. Jesus taught us to “love one another” and we must do this, not just think about it. He called us to love God “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). This too requires action.
For more examples look no further than a few verses later in James’ writing. “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” (James 1:27). This, of course, does not limit us to only looking after orphans and widows. James makes his point that true faith leads to action. Action beyond our church campus, out in our communities, amongst our neighbors. True religion puts hands and feet to work, doing God’s will.