In verse 22, James exhorted us to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. In verse 23, he likened the hearer who is not a doer to a man looking in the mirror. He elaborates on that in today’s verse…
For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. (James 1:24)
I am going to repeat a paragraph I wrote in yesterday’s blog:
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.
There is another place we do this – at church! We listen to a sermon and feel the Holy Spirit’s conviction. We walk out of church determined to make some changes in our life. But by the time we have finished lunch, we have forgotten about the sermon we heard.
Or worse yet, we sit in church thinking to ourselves, I hope so-and-so is hearing this message! We notice the sins in other people before we recognize them in ourselves.
You are familiar with the expression, You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Your pastor can preach wonderful sermons, but it’s up to you how you respond. Your Bible is there at home on the shelf, but only you can decide to open it, read it, and obey it.
Many of you will be attending church today and listening to God’s Word. (Or you attended already, depending on when you are reading this). I challenge you to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.
Today’s Good News is that this is the Lord’s Day! We have a wonderful opportunity to gather with His people, hear His Word, and put it into practice.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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