James 1 vs 22-25.
“But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror; for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
We all know that females are the fairer sex. And because of that, they need to spend many more hours in front of the mirror than guys do.
But there we were, a bunch of blokes at homegroup, discussing and looking at this passage.
I’d say that all of us sitting around that table take pride in our facial appearance, naturally however to varying levels of depth and regularity.
Looking in the mirror, you can see if you need a shave. The stubble poking through, allowing you to smooth out many pieces of wood in the meantime should you be short of sandpaper.
Normally you’d shave there and then whilst you have the opportunity. Sometimes however, we go and have breakfast, with the full intention of ‘saving face’ later. Thus often leads to memory loss and so begins a pretty rough day.
As St James says, we need to shave regularly. God points out to us through His Word things in our lives that need chopping out or smoothing out. We must do it straight away or else we will forget. Once you forget, it’s easy to slip back into how things were, and not be a doer of what God is asking you to do.
What it looks like if we don’t practice what we preach? What if we’re all talk, but no walk?
A big shaggy beard. That’s what happens. The forgotten sandpaper has become a monster, making us look shabby, untrustworthy, unemployed, and living under a bridge.
We can put on our Sunday best suit to try and make it look like we care about appearances, but everyone can see the truth. We still look a mess.
Don’t become just a preacher. But activley seek God and shave the things He shows you that you need to work on. Become a doer, not just Simone who is practicing his speech in front of the mirror.
Keep seeking God.