Today in my study of James with my BFF Beth Moore (at least I think we are BFF’s…she may not know that yet.) we studied James 1:22-25.
About the man who looked intently at himself in the mirror, as though studying every inch of himself. Then walking away and instantly forgetting what he looked like.
Isn’t that absurd? How do you not know your own face?! And how could you study it yet still not remember.
We do it all the time as believers.
We do it all the time as individuals.
I so often hear folks say this whenever they read a bible verse, an inspiring message from a charismatic speaker, or come home from a powerful event that left them speechless:
It Changed My Life.
But did it really? Just because we may be touched by something does not mean it changes us.
Because quite frankly change requires action. And a lot of us don’t do much of it I’m afraid. I am very much guilty of uttering those words above after reading something in a magazine, or a powerful story on the internet….yet it doesn’t really change me. It just makes me emotional.
A changed life tends to shift and reshape. It takes on the appearance of something different. Hopefully something better.
If you have experienced the healing power of surrendering your life to Christ, then you know what I mean. When you say you are changed, it means you are completely different from the person you used to be. Completely. Different.
So often we sit on the sofa of life, allowing it to pass us by as others are experiencing discovery and new life. We clap and applaud those who become healthier individuals physically and spiritually, speak kindly about those who travel on missions trip telling thousands about Jesus, Praise God for those who overcome addictions and walk away from certain death when most of us wrote them off. We sit and watch. We don’t do anything except sit on the sideline.
We study scripture hoping to grab a piece that will inspire us for a moment. Then we go on with the rest of our day, forgetting all that we studied. We say we are changed. But who are we kidding. We don’t feel changed. And we don’t act changed.
The living Word of God was meant to be applied! It was meant to be lived. It is more than just a book full of verses for us to memorize and recite when we feel it is appropriate during church. It is meant to be a living edge sword. Powerful enough to convict, to heal, to bring LIFE!
So why don’t we do this? I ask myself this question too! Why? WHY?
Friends we must allow the Word and the Holy Spirit to be active in our lives so that we can truly experience a changed life. Because that is where we will find true purpose.