Living it out
James 1:22-25 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 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.
This is one of those verse that I can raise my hand to and say that I really get it. It’s unbelievably easy to attend church every Sunday, say amen to what the preacher is talking about, and then completely forget everything the next morning. In fact, it’s easy to read the Bible and do the exact same thing.
In my devotional time with the Lord, I have found that I only ever take in what I’m reading when I make notes. I note down every verse that I feel I need to remember and cling on to. It means I go through far too many notebooks, but I have spent time thinking and reflecting about the verses I have written down.
I even write down how I feel the verses are relevant to me – how can I use this in my everyday life? How can I apply what is being said to how I think and feel about myself? Who does God say I am? What does God say about my future? How should I treat my friends and family? How should I be leading the youth within my church?
It sounds like a long process, but oh, I can’t even begin to tell you how it’s changed my relationship with God. This metaphor within this verse explains it perfectly – do you really know your identity in Christ? Do you know who you are, what you have been called to do and be? Maybe you have heard it all before, but are you really living it out?