There are some Christians who are constantly searching for truth in and of God’s Word, but never really grasping it or it’s meaning. However, there is a group of men that meet in Broad Brook once a month to have bible study, fellowship and prayer. This group is known as the “Humble Man” group. It is a men’s ministry group that seeks to help men learn, grow and change in the wisdom of God and the grace of Jesus.
The Humble Man group consist of men from different walks of life, from various towns and cities around Broad Brook. The group seeks to minister to the needs of men by helping one another see themselves as they really are and to institute change in their every day lives. These men realize and understand how dangerous it is to be hearers of the Word and not doers (Matthew 7:26-27).
Christians are admonished by God to understand His Word so that they will be careful to do them and to live by them (Proverbs 4:4-5). Putting God’s Word to work in one’s life is not an easy task, and if it was, everyone would be doing. Yet, there are those who constantly ask questions but never understanding the answer.
Ezekiel 33:31-32 explains God’s perspective on the people who profess to be “His people” but are not living in a way that reflects their profession of faith. In these verses God says that the people come and sit in front of the prophet as if they are still His people. They listen intently but will not take the time to do what is instructed of them.
In Isaiah 29:13 it says “The Lord says, ‘These people worship Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips. But their hearts are far from Me, and their worship of Me is based on rules made by humans.” This is called “giving lip service to God.” Many people profess to belong to God, but they confess only with their lips and mouths, not with their hearts. There is nothing otherwise seen that says these people really do belong to God.
They love to delight in hearing others preach or teach the Word, but do not take them to heart. They do not take the Word they hear serious enough to allow God to change their hearts and do great things in their lives.
The last part of verse 31 in Ezekiel 33 says, “They flatter you with compliments, but all they care about is making money and getting ahead.” This is known as “the cares of the world.” Also in Matthew 13:22 it states that the seeds fell on thorny ground. Thorny ground represents the people who hear the Word of God, but allow it to be snatch from them by “the cares of this world.” They give priority to everything else in life. God and His Word becomes an after thought.
In other words, these people are hearers of the Word but not doers of the Word, which is what faith requires. Faith requires works and without works faith is dead. Just like works are dead without faith (James 2:13-23). Christians are called to be both hearers and doers of the word of God, therefore truth will always be within their grasp and understanding ever so close to them. (cf. Matt. 7:26-27)