Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:22-24
As Christ followers, we believe that the Bible as the Word of God, a critical component of understanding who God is and what He is all about.
The Bible is to be poured over, read and re-read, mulled over, it soaks into our hearts and becomes part of our DNA. It becomes a life-giving resource in our lives, accomplishing God’s purposes.
Psalm 1 tells us that those who delight in Scripture and meditate on it continually will be like trees flourishing by streams of water, bearing fruit in season and never withering. These are deeply rooted, healthy, useful trees.
It’s all too easy, however, to become distracted from what God is whispering to us and find our focus drifting. How often do we hear a great message on Sunday, and then during the course of the week forget what we learned?
The Apostle James wrote that this is like liking at yourself in the mirror, then immediately forgetting what you look like when you walk away. When we stop looking intently at Scripture, we run the risk of forgetting God prompts as the speed of life sweeps us away. We forget that God is sovereign, that He is trustworthy, that He loves us, and that we belong to Him. We forget to look at each moment through His lenses and to ask ourselves what He would have us do.
Let’s not lose ourselves in the chaos of everyday life. Let’s cling to the anchor of Scripture, intentionally studying it, keeping it at the forefront of our minds as we move through our day. Let’s gather, study together, and be there to remind each other of who we are in Christ. Let’s reach out to those who are seeking and hungry for something more and invite them to join us.
Today’s Prayer: Father, you have thought of everything. You gave us a manual by which to understand life and to know you more, and you gave us others with whom to connect so that we aren’t doing life alone. Father, who else needs this? Who can I reach out to and invite into this journey of faith?