Listen, do, and live the word of God. This sounds so basic, but often we fail to grow by stopping at one step along the way. In James’ letter, we see all three are necessary if we want to grow in the Christian life.
James was not always a follower and believer in his brother; namely, Jesus (John 7:6). Jesus went after James, his little brother, and appeared to him after the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3). James became a prominent leader, a pillar of the church, and a pastor – ultimately a martyr in faith that Jesus was God and Lord. James introduces himself as “a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1).
Here are three sure ways to grow; listen, do, and live.
Listen: “Everyone must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,” he wrote. The first step is to listen to the word and to others for instruction.
Do: James goes on, however, to say we ought not merely be hearers of the word, but doers also. You are blessed, he wrote, if you do what it says. Listen and do what the bible says.
Live: Finally, James tells us the life we should live – a controlled tongue, a compassionate heart, and a distinctive life. If anyone cannot bridle his tongue his godliness is worthless. Rather, we are to show compassion to widows and orphans in distress and live unstained by the world.
Listen to the word, do what it says, and live a life of righteousness marked by a controlled tongue, a compassionate heart, and a distinctive or holy life.
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