“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).
Professing one’s faith is important. Confessing Jesus as Lord is even biblical and necessary. Even so, James says it is the “doer” and what he does that receives God’s blessing. Doing is the objective evidence that what one confesses is, in fact, true. The one who looks intently is the one who reflects upon and contemplates the things of God and takes them to heart. It becomes the “why” behind the life he/she lives.