James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
James, the brother of Christ Yahshua, tells us that the Law of God must be carried out in our lives, and that we must do more than just know the Law, but perform it also. For if we are not doers of God’s Word then we are proving that we are deceived by men.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (Vs 22)
Then He draws a parallel, to illustrate the meaning of our deception.
He says, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” (Vs 23, 24)
Imagine seeing our likeness reflected in a mirror. What are we seeing, but Just the outward appearance? But is that really who we are? Certainly not! It’s just a refection of a man. But our real identity is in the life we lead, because it is evidence of what we are made of.
A man who lives according to the Law as Yehoshua taught it, will Love His neighbor as himself, and Love Christ Yehoshua, and the Father with their whole heart. The inner man will be holy, and walk accordingly. And it is what is inside that becomes manifest in the World.
Deuteronomy 4:5 “Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.
6 Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
7 “For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?
8 And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
When Israel received the Law, and entered the Promised Land, the same transformation took place with an entire nation, as with an individual. They became a great and powerful nation of individuals who walked in wisdom and righteousness. This happened simply because they applied what YHVH God instructs in His Law. This is what Torah means, instructions by which we live.
YHVH God manifested Among His children, as they became obedient and Walked in the light.
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, (Proverbs 6:23)
This is exactly what Christ Yehoshua called us back to, keeping His Commandments Torah.
He said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
Here is what brings that change that makes us more than just a reflection. Here is where the inner man begins to shine, by walking in wisdom, and righteousness.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (Vs 25)
It’s incredible the difference between walking according to the Word of God and walking according to deception and lies. It is the difference between blessings and curses.
“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)
Let’s be blessed.
Shalom my friends,