For all of you participating in the National Bible Bee this year, I'm sure that you agree that you've been hearing the Word a lot. We've all been studying it for hours on end. We've been memorizing it and getting into our minds constantly. What a great opportunity this has been! To think that we are able spend hours at a time just absorbing the very Word of God.
So yes, we've all been hearing the Word a lot recently. But we can't just be hearers of the Word - We have to be doing it. We have to be applying it to our every day lives.
This can sometimes be a struggle for me. I can sit down and study the Word - Recite verses and investigate passages for hours on end. But once I've checked it off my list, I've been living my life how I want to live it. I've been convicted of separating the Word from my daily life. Of course, I agree with the Word and its main principles. But I am truly applying it to my life? Am I letting it change my heart - not just my mind. When my mom asks me to help her with my siblings, do I truly do it with thanksgiving, rejoicing that I can serve? Or do I do it half-heartly with complaining because I'm not able to get my studying done. I can get so caught up in studying to get things checked off my list that I forget the ultimate purpose for studying in the first place. My ultimate goal should be to glorify and exalt the name of Christ, not to get my verses perfect or to know every greek word possible. My main goal should be to learn more about my great God and what He would want me to do, not to try to live up to men's expectations of me. My main goal should not be to know the Word in my mind, but to truly hide it in my heart that I might not sin against God. I need to be a doer of the Word not just a hearer. I cannot become complacent with just studying the Word and patting myself on the back for being in the Word. It means nothing unless I let it transform my life.
So the next time your mom asks you to help her and you still have two hours worth of Bible Bee study to complete, don't sigh and help only half heartedly. "And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men" (NKJV) We've all memorized it - but have we truly hidden it in our hearts? Or have we simply reviewed it enough to make sure that it's word perfect?
We must remember that doing the Word is just as important (if not more important) as studying it. All our studies will be useless if we don't let them impact our daily life. Let's be doers of the Word, not just hearers, that others may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. Let's do it all for the praise and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ!