Thursday, December 27, 2007

James 1: 22-25


And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law—the law that sets you free—and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. (James 1 22-25, NLT)
Have you ever read a Bible verse that is perfectly clear and then looked for some other interpretation? I do that all of the time. I decide I must not understand because the truth is too hard to swallow. The truth would mean that I would have to change. That is inconvenient. It is beyond inconvenient. It can mean that I need to make huge changes in my life.

The metaphor of looking in a mirror and ignoring it is a powerful one. What is the sense in looking in the mirror if I am not willing to do something about the fact my hair is standing on end? When I read this I realize how silly it is to only look for God’s will and God’s word where it suits me. Yet I do that so often.

Saturday, December 22, 2007