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Seeds of the Kingdom

The Mirror of God’s Word

by Malcolm Wood

13 December 2012

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For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve you appearance. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.
James 1:23-24, NLT

Most of us will have looked in the mirror at least once in the last twenty four hours. Did what we saw cause us to take any particular action? – to comb, cut, trim, or shave; to apply make up, cream, or lotion? I expect the answer is yes.

Then why is it that, when we look at the Word of God, as James suggests, and see what we need to do in our lives, we choose to ignore what we see?

We miss out on God’s best for us by ignoring His truth and not applying it to our lives. It’s like having medication from the doctor and choosing to leave it on the shelf and not take it, and then wondering why it’s not doing us any good!

James encourages his readers earlier in that chapter to ‘Get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls’ (James 1:21).

And later he says ‘But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law – the law that sets you free- and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard then God will bless you for doing it’(James 1:25).

In these days, when there are so many distractions, we need to keep looking into the mirror of God’s Law, and work on what we see, so we can become more like His Son.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Please forgive me for not always being prepared to apply what I see in Your Word to my own life. Please help me to do this so I can become more the sort of person You want me to be, Amen.

Malcolm Wood and his wife Anna became part of the Ellel family as House Managers at Ellel Grange in 1990. Since then they have been involved with many aspects of the developing Ministry. From 2001 until 2015 they were Directors of Ellel Scotland where they hosted several International Schools and Operation Blairmore and helped pioneer the exciting Creative Inspiration Weeks. They have three sons.

 

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