lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with
meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hears only, deceiving yourselves."
James 1:21-22 (NKJV)
Of all the subjects I had in school, my
favorite was history and math was my least favorite subject. But even though I did not do as well in math as I did in
history, I still know some simple, basic principles of math. Two plus two equals
four, and four is a greater amount than two. Those are some very simple mathematical concepts. No one could just say that in their opinion, sometimes
two plus two is two, or that two is greater than four, those statements are simply wrong.
James 1 talks about saving the soul through receiving God's Word. James wrote his letter to believers, not trying to get them born again, but to help them understand that God's Word would make a difference in their mind and in their life. While it is really not possible to spend a greater amount of time each day in God's Word than we do with everything else, we do need to have a regular time of reading and studying the Bible to add God's Word to our life, so that our thoughts and ideas are in line with God's.
There are a lot of thoughts that may go through our mind, so we need to be sure that we are filling our mind with God's thoughts from His Word. If someone reads the Bible for five minutes a day, but spends an hour on social media or watching television, are they renewing their mind and saving their soul? Spending more time with things that are contrary to God's Word than we do with God's Word will not help us renew our mind, that just does not add up right, it's just simple math.