Explore the Bible
October 28 2018
James 1:19-27; 2:1-4 (HCSB)
My wife and I took two of our granddaughters through a maze with multiple mirrors. The mirrors didn’t just reflect images; they distorted images on a hilarious level. I found myself in front of a mirror in which my image wasn’t out of proportion or distorted. It looked like me but much bigger like I had put on a lot of weight. The girls came up beside me and said “Whoa Papa you look huge.” They laughed and moved on. My wife patted my shoulder and pointed to the image and said “That’s what you’re going to look like if you don’t get your eating under control.” The image was compelling convicting and prophetic.
James said we need to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 1:22). To explain his point James made the comparison between looking into a mirror with looking into the Word of God. If we take a casual glance in a mirror we will forget what we see. We will have the same result if we read the Word casually. Superficial reading of the Word just to check off a box in class has never profited any believer.
To be a doer of the Word one must “look intently into the perfect law of freedom.” To “look intently” literally means to “stoop down and closely inspect something.” In reference to the Word we need to read it study it and understand it. James called the Word “the perfect law of freedom” (James 1:25). The Word is perfect and when we obey it God sets us free.
If we think we can have freedom from superficially reading the Word James said we are “deceiving” ourselves (James 1:22). St. Augustine said “Where Scripture speaks God speaks.” If we want to know what God says and what God wants us to do we have to read study and understand the Scriptures. This produces a wonderful result in the believer’s life. He or she “will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).