But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (Jas 1:22)
In this information-rich world, we might have noticed that our time for God and focus on God, particularly in Bible study or meditating God’s word have been dwindling. Thus, the prerequisite in being a doer of God’s word is to strengthen our spiritual foundation by making Bible study a priority in our lives (Jn 1:1; Mk 4:20). If we continue to do this on a daily basis, gradually Bible study becomes a habitual activity likened to taking a shower, brushing teeth, eating and drinking, etc.
Next, to be a doer of the word, we have to be fully convinced that God’s word can edify not only ourselves, but also others. We should acknowledge that God’s word is not only pure and true, but His teachings will also guide us throughout our lives on earth (Ps 12:6-7, 33:4). The Bible clearly states that God wants us to lead our lives according to His word, and not based on the worldly standards (Prov 4:4; Rom 12:2).
Besides edifying ourselves through God’s word, we should “walk the talk” and use His word to edify or assist others (1 Jn 3:18). In the 10 commandments, God said that we ought to show mercy to others, to those who love Him and keep His commandments (Ex 20:5). Also, our Lord Jesus commanded us not only to love our neighbors, but also our enemies including those who hate us (Matt 5:43-44).
In essence, the Bible is an invaluable blueprint and guidebook that can solve the array of problems in our lives, while ensuring that we continue to walk on His path (Matt 4:4; Ps 119:105). However, if we don’t put into practice the teachings of the Bible, faith alone is insufficient for us to become doers of the word because faith and works should go hand-in-hand (Jas 2:22, 24, 26).