Summary: We should not just be hearer of God’s Word but doer. We should walk what we talk.
TOPIC: ACCURATE LIFE (PART 2)
(45h of a Series in the Book of James – A Life That Make a Difference Series)
Text: James 1:22-25
(ILL. Isang batang nasa ika-apat na grado ang kalalabas lang ng klase ang napadaan sa mga matatandang malapit sa kanilang bahay. At isa mula sa matatanda ang nagtanong sa kaniya, “O boy, labas ka pala, ano naman ang nagging liksyon ninyo ngayong araw na ito?” “Paggamit ng “PO” at “OPO” sagot ng bata. “Eh may natutunan ka ba naman?” tanong pa ng matanda. Sumagot ang bata na nagmamalaki pa, “Aba ay OO.”) This morning we will continue the second part of the topic “Accurate Life”. Last Sunday we study James 1:19-21 and we reminded to have accurate life with regards to our ways. James told us to become quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to angry in relation to God’s Word and he gave us a solution to do it in order for our walk to be accurate also. James told us to get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is prevalent today and by humbly accepting the Word planted in us. And this morning I would like to continue the second part of this topic. Let’s open our Bible in James 1:22-25 (read). Let’s pray first! To have an accurate life not only with our ways, with our walk but also with the Word. From our text we can see two kinds of hearer of Gods Word. Those who are:
1. DECIEVED vv. 22-24
James described us here those kind of hearer that just listening but not doing about what they heard. And he compare them to a person who “looks his face in the mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” Who among you here look at the mirror before coming to church this morning? Did you still remember what you look like when you look at the mirror this morning? I don’t think many of us will remember it. How many of you heard the sermon last week? Do you still remember the text and the points I shared? I don’t think so. Who did his devotion today? Do you remember the Word you study today? I don’t think so! That is why James compares those people who just listen and not doing what it says to look at the mirror. The Word of God was compare to different object such as: Hammer, seed, fire, food, etc. But here God’s Word was compared to a mirror. A mirror will show you the truth about your face, about your self. There is some mirror that flatters you when you look at it. Minsan tumataba ka, o kaya pumapayat ka, o kaya gumaganda ka, but God word will not flatter you it will tell you the truth about your self, about the sins that you need to confess, the things you need to give up, the changes you need to do, the blemish you need to wipe, the character you need to straighten up, the things you need to do, etc. After looking and you forget everything then you DECIEVED yourself other translation is BETRAYING yourself (deception contrary to the truth). There are a lot of people, most especially Christians that deceived themselves. Sometimes we look at what we are doing rather than looking to what the Word of God says. In Matthew 7:21-23, “21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evil doers!” It is not what we do for God but what God’s wants us to do! It is not what we are building but on what we build, Jesus calls this kind of hearer as FOOLISH! Mat 7:26 – 27, “26 Anyone who hears my teachings and doesn’t obey them is like a FOOLISH person who built a house on sand. 27 The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat against that house. Finally, it fell with a crash.” Where do we build our life? God wants us to build our life not on deception of just being a hearer, a listener, but go to the next level of hearer or listener and that is the level of being blessed.