James 1:19-27

Hearers and Doers

One of the great joys in life is to invest in others as God leads.  The problem is that much of life is consumed by getting things for ourselves and making our life more enjoyable.  We easily forget or ignore the lonely, hungry, needy, and the lost as we journey through life.  Caught up in the traditions of the Christian life, we attend church and go through all the normal events of each Sunday but often ignore that the Scriptures teach that we should be “doers of the Word, and not hearers only.”

The giving of time, money, and other resources brings great joy to the soul and encourages those who are the recipients.  Not only that, but God blesses those who obey Him, and the giver becomes the hand of God to those in need.  (Matthew 10:42, 25:40) 

In James 1:27 we are instructed that “pure religion” is to “visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep unspotted from the world.”  Being a doer of the Word includes reaching out to those in need as God directs.  It is the obedient and alert believer that has the great joy of impacting others as God’s instrument by giving of their time, energy, and resources to the fatherless and the needy.