The management team at Home Depot must have read the book of James.
Their advertising slogan sounds downright Biblical.
James had a lot on his mind when he sat down to write a letter to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations. Suddenly free from the burden of Mosaic law, the new Christian community still needed some guidance on how to live this redeemed life in Christ. Brother James put down into succinct words a handbook of sorts: “How to Live Like a Christian”. Or maybe he was preaching to himself.
James kicked off his letter with a section on unbelief and doubt, testing and trials, and temptation. Were these topics top-of-mind because he had firsthand experience with them? Did James struggle with anger, an uncontrolled tongue, selfish ambition? Was he a good religious Jewish boy who went through the motions, but found religion worthless?
These were the things on James’ mind as he composed his letter.
Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
Yes, we need to hear the Word, read the Word, sing the Word, pray the Word, preach the Word, memorize the Word, and meditate on the Word. But the way to inject real vitality into our spiritual lives is to be a doer of the Word.
Another James — James Moffat, Scottish Bible scholar — had something to say about this pithy, convicting verse.
When the sermon is done, it is not done;
something remains to be done by the hearers.
Perhaps this should be painted on the inside frame of our church doors, making it the last thing we see as we leave.
When the Word has been read,
and the sermon has been said,
and the songs have been sung,
the doing isn’t done, it’s begun.