James 1:19-27
19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.  21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls.  22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.  26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we know that Christ could return at anytime, we tend to live our lives a lot differently. We are more inclined to live as Christ lived and to tell others of His love. Keeping His return in our thoughts will affect our actions. When we know we will have to stand before Him and receive rewards for our work here in this world, we become doers of His Word. James is telling us to not just be hearers of His Word but to put it into action. The recipe to applying God’s Word in our lives is to start with reading His Word obediently, then we follow God’s Word exclusively believing God’s Word totally and to study God’s Word continually. Proverbs 30:5 states, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” We are to walk submissively according to the Word of God because every word from God is without error. Some argue that man has added to it, but God has been in control of His Word from the beginning. If you start to pick the parts of His Word that you think are true and throw out those that you think are not, you put yourself in His place and become the author. All of God’s Word is for us to listen and obey. Anything that is added or taken away by man is not of God and will come under His judgment. Pray for His Spirit to guide you when you read and He will teach you as you walk in obedience.

Have a God Day!