"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22
One of the greatest commercial slogans of all-time is from Nike: "Just do it!" That slogan has helped Nike sell more shoes than probably anything else they have ever done as a company. As a kid, I had that slogan engrained in my head. I ran up and down the basketball court and all over the baseball field thinking, "Just do it!" I only wore Nike shoes. "Just do it!"
In the book of James, we find an even more important use of this phrase. James wanted Christ followers not only to hear the word, but he also wanted them to do what the word said. He tells them in James 1:22-25, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what is says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it - not forgetting what they have heard, but do it - they will be blessed in what they do." James doesn't say that by reading and studying the word you will be blessed. He says that by reading and studying and DOING what the word says you will be blessed. I remember in high school and college taking classes in Spanish. I loved the language, and because of the hours of study and the practice I became pretty fluent in speaking Spanish. However, today I cannot speak Spanish fluently. I don't even remember most of the vocabulary any more. Why? Because I have practiced what I learned, what I read and studied. In other words, I don't DO it. Studying the Bible is a good thing, but it won't mean anything to you or to your life if you don't do what it says. It won't mean anything to the life of your family if you don't practice it in front of them. So to borrow Nike's slogan one more time, I would tell you to continue studying the Bible, listening to it's words; but most importantly, JUST DO IT!