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Be Doers of the Word
Bible Verse James 1:21-24
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.
James was the half brother of Jesus and one of the key leaders of the Jerusalem church. Though he rejected Jesus at first, he later accepted Jesus after His death and resurrection. Believing Jesus was indeed who He claimed to be, our Lord and Savior. James was writing to a predominately Jewish audience and at that time, many of the ancient cultures did not separate academic understanding and beliefs from day to day behavior. It was expected that your thoughts and beliefs would naturally bring about a change to your day to day actions. If that wasn't the case, if you claimed something to be true and did not act on that belief, then the sincerity of your beliefs were naturally called into question. This understanding is important to us because James is not claiming we can be saved by works or that good works brings about salvation. Rather, he is stating that true faith, produces good works. Anyone who has truly accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, who has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, will as a natural byproduct of that salvation, produce some positive change in their character which brings about good works. A person who is truly saved, will not continue in the sins that marked their life prior to salvation.
In this passage James speaks of laying aside sinfulness and wickedness. This term can be translated "having put off", which carries the meaning of taking something off, like putting off dirty clothes. This refers to believers putting off their sinful behavior, in order to be better prepared to accept God's word, as well as God's call on their life. James also stresses to be doers of the word. Again, this refers to the concept of your beliefs being displayed or proven by your actions. If they are not, then how can we truly say your belief is real. Otherwise we are like the natural man observing his face in the mirror. To understand this we must understand that during this time mirrors as we know them did not exist. What they called mirrors were highly polished pieces of metal that gave a poor reflection. So anyone looking in a mirror had to truly concentrate and study the image that was reflected back at them. So what James is saying is that people who are not doers of God's word are like those who spend their time concentrating and studying their sinful ways, which is referred to here as the natural man, rather than on God and the calling of God, on their lives.