Careful Reflection

Careful Reflection
James 1:22-24

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James 1:22-24(ISV)

22  Keep on being obedient to the word, and not merely being hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if anyone hears the word but is not obedient to it, he is like a man who looks at himself in a mirror 24 and studies himself carefully, and then goes off and immediately forgets what he looks like.

How often do we sit in churches and “warm a pew” out of obligation, because “it’s the right thing to do” or because “it’s what I’ve always done“?  How many times have we walked out of the church building and had difficulty remembering what the sermon was about or perhaps even pricked in our spirit, only to soon move on with our lives?  How many times have we “read” the Bible, only to encounter the same difficulty in remembering the content of what we read?

A common tool of the enemy is distraction.  He is a master of deception in being able to manipulate the mind by throwing ideas/plans/issues (home or work-related) into our heads at the most “opportune” moments.  We may even feel that the sermon content is “for the less mature and the inexperienced Christians”, as we have been around longer.  While the initial attack is not our fault, how we handle the attack at the moment of realization is on our account.

In the main Scripture passage for today’s blog post, verse 23 makes an intriguing comparison.  The verse likens someone who knowingly ignores God’s Word and chooses disobedience (even indirectly) as looking into a mirror and disregarding the self-image seen there.  Don’t continue to walk around with a “grubby-looking” spirit!

Allow time for careful reflection when God reveals your spiritual reflection through His Word!

-Dan Rivera

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