“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Those who listen to the word but do not do what it says are like people who look at their faces in a mirror and, after looking at themselves, go away and immediately forget what they look like. But those who look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continue in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do." (James 1:22-27)
Friday, April 25, 2014
How many times have we heard that we can never change another person—that is God’s job.
But how many hours do we spend praying for God to change other people?
We pray for God to change our spouses, our children, our bosses and our friends.
When was the last time we prayed for God to change us?
Could it be, that what God really wants us to do is to ask Him to change us?
Why don’t we pray for God to give us the courage to look into the mirror He is holding—waiting for us to gaze into it—to see what He wants to change?
Life on this earth is our spiritual formation for eternity.
Some of us need to gaze into God’s mirror to see what we are doing wrong, and some of us need to look deeply into God’s mirror to see what we are doing right. But we all need to ask what needs changing—since there is no-one who is perfect (no matter what we may think!)
Again, only God can change us; but He will show what needs changing and then give us the strength to allow Him in to do the changing, and help us to be that change going forward.
There is a passage in the Epistle of James that reflects this notion: