But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
Wow, that verse really struck me this morning. When I was praying all of a sudden it was as if God showed me that verse. Be doers of God's word, don't only listen to it, you are tricking yourself.
You can go you church every Sunday, go to all the bible studies, but if you just go there to listen just to have a 'good' conscience and not to live it, then it's nothing! You need to put God's word to use, live it everyday! Be a light, strive to live the word. Don't just hear what it has to say, but put it to WORK. Be a good example to those around you.
The majority of us know that we need to obey our father and mother. But do we really do it? That is a perfect example. We hear it all the time, when we are growing up we know that the bible says to, 'Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12' We know this verse in and out, but do we actually live it. Are we doing what it says, or are we just listening to it, and saying it over again but not living it?! All of us are guilty of this one. We know that disobeying is sinning, and by doing that we are being hearers of the word and not a doer.
What about this other example:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt. 28:19-20
Jesus has told us to share the gospel with the lost ones, do we all do it? No, we often shy away from it. We hear it all the time, "Share the gospel with your friends!" However, we back off and don't do it. Once again my friends, we are being hearers of the word and NOT doers!
Be a doer, soak up God's word, and then go out and show your light. Now don't be boastful about it, however, your actions will show it all. If you let God work through you, then he will and you will be amazed at what he will do!