Make the necessary changes!

“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.” —James 1:23–24

 

When you look in a mirror, it shows you something. Sometimes you see something that others were seeing, but you weren’t aware of it. Sometimes you like what you see and sometimes you might not like what you see. 

 

For example, maybe there’s a string of cheese hanging from your chin from the omelet you had breakfast that morning. You go to work and think nothing about it, but you wonder why everyone was smiling at you and looking away. You begin thinking, “I must look good today!” But you had cheese hanging from your face. Then you go into the bathroom to find out that the mirror showed you the problem, and you made the necessary changes by washing the cheese from your face. 

 

In the same way, when we read the Bible, it changes us. The psalmist David wrote, “The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7 NLT). God’s Word transforms the way think and the way we live. It changes us. But here’s what we must remember. It is not enough to simply read the Bible. We must do what the Bible says.

 

James 1:22–25 tells us, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect 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” (NLT).

 

Do you have any Bible verses memorized? We have so much information in our brain that we’ve committed to memory, from movie lines to song lyrics. But those things can’t sustain us when we’re facing adversity in life. Don't you think it would be wise of us to make some room in our minds for the Word of God, the powerful life changing Word of God? 

 

The Bible is God’s Word to us, and we should obey it and treasure it and commit it to memory as much as we can. 

 

Going and Growing 2022

 

Pastor Larry