The Person in the Mirror
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. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tonguesdeceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:23-26 (NIV)
I led off today with this verse from James 1 as it really drives home the fact that Jesus has provided the message for us all to hear, but did we really listen? The story basically reads in verse 23 that a person hurriedly rushes out and takes a quick glance in the mirror to make sure they look ok, but did they really see the person in the mirror. This can be the same if we take a quick glance at the Bible, but don’t take the time to reflect on its teachings. We live in a “hurry up” society and in many cases we miss the message because we didn’t take the time to read and understand the message.
Western recognition of the poor could be placed in the same category. We are so busy living our lives that we forget to think about those who have nothing and will not survive without help from others. How many of us are just focused on our own lives, not because we don’t care, but due to the fact that we have chosen not to listen or look anywhere else? It’s human nature to get caught up and forget, but those of us that choose to follow Jesus and then not take the time to do something about the needs of the poor are deceiving ourselves and our faith.
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