Whether you are a faithful church attender or not (and you should be), I have a question for you: Are you a “forgetful hearer?” If you heard the sermon last Sunday, what have you done with it? If you can’t remember the last time you heard a good Bible sermon at church, then you certainly haven’t done much with what you heard then. Are you are “forgetful hearer”? That term comes from the New Testament book of JAMES, where he says in chapter 1, verses 21-25:
“21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and RECEIVE WITH MEEKNESS THE ENGRAFTED WORD, which is able to save your souls. 22 But BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD, AND NOT HEARERS ONLY, deceiving your own selves. 23 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: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 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.”
Some of you may have heard the word in the past, but you have forgotten that word. Some of us content ourselves that because we do go to church every week, that we are okay, but that word we hear hasn’t really changed us much. It is easy to be a “forgetful hearer” with all the distractions around us, but we will suffer the consequences of neglecting the word of God. We risk missing the BLESSING OF GOD on our lives when we ignore what God has to say to us.
The problem with many is what James says – they hear the word, recognize what God is saying to them, and that they need to make some changes, but they walk away from the preaching of the word, like walking away from a mirror, and “forget what manner” of person they are and what God wants them to be, and choose to be a “forgetful hearer.” That is a terrible mistake.
If you neglect the word of God and ignore what it says, the Bible says that you deceive yourself. In the future all Christians will stand before God and render an account for our Christian service, and in that day, all that we may have forgotten will be brought to our attention by the Lord himself. I admonish you: don’t deceive yourself, don’t walk away from the truth of God, and don’t miss out on God’s blessing for your life.
It would behoove all of us to be “doers” of the Word.