“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”
The way the human mind is designed to explain the meaning of being a doer of the word is completely different from how the Apostle James, inspired by the Holy Spirit, explains it.
He likens a doer of the word to a person who looks into a mirror and is able to retain the image he sees in the mirror. Hence, the doer is first a person who retains God’s word in his consciousness.
This doesn’t in any way mean that being a doer of the word doesn’t imply doing the word or the work (as James puts it).
I am saying that being a doer is primarily about recollection. Execution follows after. Execution has its place.
Look at verse 25 of James 1:
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
It is first recollection before execution. There is a psalm from the old testament that embodies this truth. It says:
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
It is only when you’ve hidden God’s word in your heart that you’re able to overcome the sinful tendencies.
Have you received instructions from the word of God, your Pastor or the local church? Being a doer demands you retain it. Having retained it, do it!