But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. NKJVIf one reads the word and hears it taught but does not apply it, yet thinks themselves a 'good Christian', one who follows the word of God and seeks after His will, then they are lying to themselves.
It is not enough to cling to the words of God and bury them in our hearts, to hoard His law and nature and teaching as gold on Sunday or Saturday or Wednesday or whatever day or days we go to church or read the Bible and yet not put them into practice.
God's word is not like gold to be stored up and spent on a rainy day. His gold is beautiful and perfect, fastened as jewelry and inlaid with precious stones and made into thread for the embroidery of our clothes and great tapestries with which we cloth our families and decorate our homes.
What good are gold and treasures too precious to spend but laid up in a dark place and hoarded, never to be seen?
We are not meant only to hear the word, to read the word, to be taught the word and study the word; the word is living and powerful and meant to be lived and displayed as powerful, lest we mistakenly think there is no wrong in making it seem empty.
I am going to begin making a genuine effort to start watching and listening to the English sermons and teachings I have downloaded so that I can receive regular teachings in the word.
that He brings
what He wants
for the reasons
He wants it.