Yesterday was the first full day of summer, and it was one of the most important days in our summer series on James. We looked at James 1:22, which is one of the key verses in the epistle. James exhorted us to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only…
For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. (James 1:23)
This is one of those times when it would be much easier to address two verses together. Still, we will remain disciplined and keep to our “one verse a day” approach to James. However, with verses like this, we do need to reference what comes before and after, or else we risk taking the verse out of context.
If you look ahead at verse 24, you will see that after looking in the mirror, the man in James’ illustration goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
In the morning I look in the mirror, and I usually don’t like what I see. It gives me an honest look at my condition. It tells me there are some things I need to take care of. But sometimes I forget to shave or comb my hair. In those times, the mirror has had no practical benefit for me. The Bible is like a mirror. It gives me an honest look at my condition. It shows me that some of my actions and attitudes are not right. The problem is that sometimes I just glance at it, and don’t see everything. Sometimes I study someone else’s reflection, instead of my own. Sometimes I do see it, but walk away and forget about it.
We may not always like what we see in the mirror. Sometimes the picture is scary! But it’s good that the mirror is there, or else we would leave the house woefully unprepared to meet the world.
We may not always like what we see (about ourselves) in the Bible. Sometimes the picture is scary! But it’s good that the Bible is there, or else we would leave the house (or the church) woefully unprepared to go out into the world, and represent Jesus Christ!
Today’s Good News is that the Bible gives us an honest reflection of ourselves, so we can come to terms with what needs to change in our lives.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
If you are joining us part way through this Journey in James, you can access the devotionals you missed in the archives. (The series started on June 1.)
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