Becoming a Doer of the Word

  • Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus said: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
  • James 1:22-24 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
  • John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples….”
  • Matthew 25:21 His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Christianity is not passive. It’s not just being a believer, but it’s how you live every day. In the Word, Christ calls you to action all the time and you are to put His words into practice. Jesus said to go make disciples of all nations and to teach them to obey everything He commanded us (Matthew 28:19). Being a disciple is about obeying what He taught us. In Mark 16:15 He gave us instructions to go into all the world and preach the gospel. He also said: “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:17-18). He said that “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14). Do as the Lord instructs and be a doer of His Word.

How to be a doer of the Word:
  1. Read your bible daily and when you see a command, determine to put it into practice right away.
  2. Find ways to apply that command in your life so that it becomes rooted in you.
  3. When you disobey a command, repent right away and examine what you could have done differently so that you’ll obey the next time.
  4. Repeat the process for every new command from the Lord.
  5. Spend time with the Lord in prayer and also by praising/worshiping Him. The closer you get to Him, the more you’ll realize what pleases Him and grieves Him.

Call to action:
Every time you see a new command in the Word, take time to meditate on it and determine how you can apply it in your life.