Hello everybody. I hope you all are having a great day and learning more and more about Christ each day. So before we get into the passage for today, I have to ask y’all something. How many times do you do something pointless and waste your time?
I would assume we all would say that we never waste our time and always are productive with our time, but we have to be honest with ourselves. We aren’t always productive with our time.
How many times have we went to church and we were thinking of what we were going to do afterwards and not really listening to the sermon or the group going over the word of God? We are there physically but not really spiritually and emotionally/mentally. Then we know what the pastor said but then we never actually do anything with the message he gave us.
The Bible talks about this in James 1.
“But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. James 1:22-24Hcsb Bible
So I have to ask you, what’s the purpose of a mirror? It’s to look at ourselves and then take care of any imperfections that we have. It could be straightening our hair, cleaning our face or straightening our glasses, etc… either way, it’s to help us take care of our perfections. Well that’s also one of the ways the Bible helps us.
If we read or listen to the Bible, know the message and knows whats wrong, and don’t do something about it, we’re wasting our time. It would be as if we got in front of a mirror, saw that we had 25 pimples or our hair was out of whack and or our teeth were really dirty and then we leave the room and did nothing about it and went into public like that.
We would never do that to ourselves because we care about our appearances and what others think of us. So why do we read or listen to the word of God and not act upon it?
My personal opinion is that we might not view Gods opinion of us as high as our peers, or we aren’t actually saved and the Holy Spirit isn’t convicting us. The last possible reason could be that we are in downright rebellion against God. Any of these are rather damming against us. We either think God as less important than our friends, or we’re in rebellion or we don’t even know God personally.
Now, have I always immediately saw the Bible correct me and I did something to change myself? No. I honestly can’t say I have, without lying to you. So I’m guilty of this too as well.
So at the end of the day, when we are corrected by something in the Bible, we need to immediately try our best to change it. Find an accountability partner, pray to God for help and discipline yourself for God’s kingdom.
Thank you and I hope you have a great day. If you have any questions, just message me or comment and I’ll respond when I can.