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"Miranda Writes" Blog: August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013

 Get Cleaned Up!

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:22-25, NIV)


This morning I rolled out of bed, looked in the mirror . . . and I wasn’t impressed with what I saw. My hair looked like a cat had been sucking on it, I had sleep in my eye, my teeth were furry, and I could smell myself—and not in a good way.

Then I threw my clothes on, hopped in my car, and went to run my errands. I know what you’re thinking, other than the proverbial “EWWWWW!” It sounds silly doesn’t it?! Why would anybody see all the stuff that’s wrong with them first thing in the morning . . . and not do anything about it?

Well that’s James’ point in this passage of scripture. He’s basically saying that you and me have a tendency to read what the Bible says and even agree that it makes a lot of sense or even go to the extreme to admit that it’s wise advice and that we need to make a change . . . and then do nothing!

I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of that many times before. But the bottom line is this: if we as Christians want our lives to matter for Jesus; if we want to shine like the sun in a culture that is dark, then we have to do something more than look in the mirror. We’ve got to take the next step, which is to apply the teachings that Jesus so wisely and lovingly gave us in His love letter, the Bible, to us. Look at the rest of what James wrote: “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it . . . doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (v.25)

Making positive life change and becoming more and more like Jesus takes more than reading and belief—it takes intense understanding followed up by action. The end result of that action will always be a blessing. I find it interesting that James recognized that following and applying God’s law gives freedom. I promise you this—and if you haven’t figured this out yet in your life, let me save you the heartache--living life God’s way is the only way to have freedom in your life.

So today, after reading God’s law, and admitting that it’s good and perfect, for your sake, and for the sake of your family, friends and the people around you: take the next step and apply what you’ve learned. You’ll be better off and other people will be able to see the blessing and power of living a life totally submitted to Jesus. 

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