James writes this passage to challenge people not just to read the word and walk away, but instead take what they read in the Bible (at this time the Old Testament and some letters from the New Testament) and do something with it! He is telling the readers to be bold and to live out the truth and forgiveness they have read about and let it impact their lives. James calls people into action, not just to read in secret but be a people empowered by the scripture and do to something- share it with others!
This verse matters in our lives because James is challenging us with the same thing. We can live our lives reading the Bible but never really living in the truth that it holds - or we can read the Bible, believe what is says, and do something with that! We have the opportunity to tell our roommates, friends, and families about Jesus. We have the opportunity to be doers of the word! We can live life on purpose and with purpose!
a practical step
How do we do this? We take the time to read scripture so that we can know it in our heart and have the Holy Spirit remind us of it when we need it, we can start conversations with those around us about where we find our identity and love, and we can tell them about Jesus. We can act.
Holy Spirit, I pray that you show me over and over again the value of your word. I pray that you teach me what the Bible holds and let it have such a deep impact on me that I can’t keep quiet about it. I pray that you put people directly in my life that are desperate for purpose and acceptance, and that I am able to show them to the cross. Jesus show me what it’s like to be a doer of the word. Amen.
- Morgan Reed