Put God’s Word Into Practice
By Rick Warren
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22 NIV)
James says it is self-deception when we merely listen to God’s Word and don’t let it change us. We think that just gaining knowledge makes us spiritually mature, but the test of maturity is not knowledge. The test of maturity is character. A lot of people have great Bible knowledge, but they are spiritual lacking.
We need to put God’s Word into practice. We need to continually apply it in our lives.
In fact, knowledge increases responsibility. The more we know, the more we’re accountable for. What am I doing about what I know? Jesus said, “Much is required from the person to whom much is given” (Luke 12:48 GNT).
In Matthew 7, Jesus tells the story of the wise and the foolish builders. He says the foolish builder builds on sand. He is like the guy who hears the Word of God but doesn’t do what it says. The wise man is the one who hears it and then goes out and makes an honest attempt to apply God’s Word in his life.
Jesus said in John 13:17, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (NIV). I think the simplest definition of maturity is to be a doer of the word. You do what the Bible says. We must not only read the Word; we must also heed the Word.
Every single one of us knows more spiritual truth than we’re putting into practice right now. We don’t need to know more; we already know enough. We just need to put into practice what we already know. Be a doer of the Word.
Talk It Over
- What have you been doing with the knowledge you gain from a sermon or Bible study?
- What are some practices you can adopt and develop that will help you put God’s Word into practice?
- How is God using his Word to change your life?