One of the Scriptures that really stuck with me from last night’s Bible discussion is verses 21-25 of James chapter 1.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
The Word of God is like a mirror showing us who we really are. The writer of Hebrews tells us the Word is “able to judge the thoughts and intensions of our hearts” (Heb 4:12). The problem most of us have is that after God’s Word has revealed our hearts and shown us who we truly are, we choose to forget what the Word has revealed to us and we return to business as usual; denying God’s work in our hearts and lives.
James encourages us to not accept the “same-ole, same-ole” and allow God’s Word to effect change in us so we may be the people God calls us to be. If we do this, James says we will be blessed (v. 25).
To be blessed by God is to have God’s favor upon our lives. Just this concept alone, of what it is to be blessed by God, is something to spend a lifetime of contemplation. The patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all received God’s blessing. David received God’s favor and anointing on his life and ministry. And of course, Jesus had the Father’s blessing. James says, we too can receive and experience God’s blessing on our lives if we will allow Him to do His work in us.
I pray for this to be true in my life and in yours today.