“But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror; for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect Torah of freedom and continues, not being a hearer who forgets but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25
Jesus taught the Beatitudes of the kingdom and declared blessed are you or blessed are they for each attitude.
He preached kingdom relationships heart to heart, revealing them in perspective of eternity. Jesus clearly taught life in the kingdom that is and eternal life in the kingdom that is to come. In that vein, Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount with the be attitudes of the kingdom, the Beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-12
Years ago, I heard Jill Jackson aptly describe the root of the barriers to fellowship with God and one another as the Me Attitudes. In the Beatitudes, Messiah Jesus is telling us how it is in the kingdom of God. We are to undergo moral renewal and adopt the Be Attitudes of the kingdom and a doer of our Lord’s word.
Jesus concluded the Sermon on the Mount with a warning to those with worldly, self reliant, me attitudes. He told them about those who talk big but don’t do the will of his Father. Then told them: “Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’
Then Jesus concluded by likening those who hear his words and do them to a wise man who built his house on a rock. And concluded those who hear his word and don’t do are like a foolish man who built on sand. “The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell—and its fall was great.”
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ 23 Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’
24 “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. 25 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell—and its fall was great.” Matthew 7 WMB