How does the double-minded person approach God’s word?
James is clear that God’s word is the way we become Christian (v18) and the way we continue as Christians (v21), and so listening is hugely important. But listening alone isn’t the whole story; the double-minded person is the one who may be a great listener – a great hearer of the word – but he’s only a hearer of the word, and not a doer.
And James says this is absurd! It’s like looking in the mirror and then immediately forgetting what we look like. And it means missing out on the blessing that comes from obeying God’s perfect law – the law which brings true freedom (v25).
Let’s ask for God’s help to really believe that his way is best, and for his help to do it.