“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” NLT
Most of my life, in fact until this very morning, I have read this passage from James 1, verses 21-27, and I’ve focused on 22-25, where it talks about being doers of the Word and not hearers only, about how if you don’t do what the Word says, you’re like a man who looks at himself in the mirror and as soon as he turns away, he forgets what he looked like. Almost exactly the same guy that Jesus talked about when he said, “A man who hears My Words and does what I say is a wise man, who built his house on a rock, but a man who hears My Words and doesn’t do them is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. He’s a fool! Matt. 7:24-27.
But today, I really saw and paid attention to verse 21 for the very first time, and God said, “The word God has planted in your hearts” is the real meat of this passage. The NKJV says, “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” How does God plant the word in our hearts? He sends the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. And the truth is that the Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, and Jesus is the ‘WORD’ of God. And all we have to do is ‘humbly accept the WORD’ that God has [already] planted in your heart, for He really is able, He really does have the power to save our souls. (because it’s Jesus’ Spirit) and that’s the truth!