In today’s study, we will take a close look at the importance of being a doer of God’s word rather than just a hearer. The key verse in today’s text – “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34
Also, consider the following texts …
Jesus said– “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
The Apostle Paul wrote– “for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;” (Romans 2:13)
James wrote– “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 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. 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 1:21–25)
Jesus taught– “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:21–27)
We are not saved by our good works but only by the grace of God through faith. But now that we are saved, God calls us all to live a life of good works and let our faith be backed up with action!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created inChrist Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8–10)
May our lives, words, and actions prove that we are His!