I noticed late last night that I had a large bug bite on my cheek. I didn’t realize it was really there until my loving husband looked over at me and said, “What’s up with the big zit?”! He’s such a gentle soul.
I went into the bathroom and stared at if for several minutes. I poked it a little, looking up close and then backing away as if a different perspective could make it disappear. But what I was trying to do was figure out if it was a bug bite or indeed a “big zit” resting on my cheek so that I knew what I needed to do for treatment.
Believe it or not, staring in the mirror made me think about a passage in James I was reading last week! We were talking about being doers of the word.
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror, for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he is. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” –James 1:22-25
As hearers of the word, we deceive ourselves. We don’t take the time to see what the word really tells us or how it can shape and teach us. For hearers, the mirror is only a reflection of what we’re doing in the moment, forgetting what it means as soon as we look away.
When we are doers of the word, we look in the mirror deliberately, using it as correction. We look with intention and recognize that daily sanctification is necessary to bring us closer to God. We focus on following the word so that corrective action (the doing) can be taken in our lives where it needs to be taken.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be much more than a hearer. I want to soak in the word, understanding the application of it within my life. My goal is to be a doer, to find the areas that are in need of correction so that I continue to daily die to self and be sanctified. I want to effectually take the message and tell others the gospel and love of Jesus.
I pray this week that we recognize ourselves as doers of the word!