James 1:23-25 tells us how we’re supposed to be using God’s word:
“23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Side note. I know one of the reason we say we don’t read the bible, is because we say we don’t understand it. In 2012, that is no longer an excuse! There are so many different versions and translations, that if you’re not reading God’s word… it’s only because you don’t want to.
So let’s take a look at James 1:23-25 (MSG) in The Message translation:
“22-24Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
25But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.”
So how are we supposed to be using God’s word…? As a mirror! That’s right!
When we see an unruly piece of hair or a smudge on our face in the mirror, what do we do? We fix ourselves. Likewise when we see descriptions in the bible that we should be lining up with, but aren’t, we need to fix ourselves.
A word of warning, is not to be fooled into thinking you look like something you really don’t, as in the trick mirrors. Religion, instead of a real relationship with God, has a way of doing that to us.
What does our true reflection look like?
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
If you’re in Christ, you’re new! Let me know if you’d like to know how to become new and be made in Christ!
Until then, Blessings, God Speed & Sonshyne!