Imagine getting a book on exercise from a friend. A few months later your friend asks if you’ve read the book. You say, “Yes, I wake up early in the morning and read a chapter every day. I’ve memorized a lot of it. I even get together with a group of people weekly to discuss it over pancakes and bacon.”
The question that begs to be asked is — you’re reading it, but — “Are you doing it?!”
We’ve been given God’s Word, his instructions on life, and often we are just hearers of the Word and not doers. James lets us in on the fact that there will be a blessing for those who hear the word and take action.