16 JANUARY 2018 – James 1:22-25 (MSG)

16 JANUARY 2018 – James 1:22-25 (MSG)

Scripture

22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

Reflection

I walked by an office with a large floor to ceiling window; the dark tint of the window created a mirror effect for those walking by. There must have been enough people stopping and looking at themselves, wrongly thinking it was a mirror, that the employees inside the office taped a sign to the window which read, “This is not a mirror”! I felt the irritation of the employees having to watch people in front of their window all day while those same people stopped to admire themselves, fix their hair or remove a bit of lunch from between their teeth! The Bible is like a mirror, go ahead, take your time to stop and stare then adjust, fix, clean up. Be the image you saw in the “mirror”; the image of Christ (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for the international church in Shanghai. All expressions but especially, ICS, SWIF, AGIF, German Fellowship, Korean Community Fellowship, Danish Fellowship and Cantonese Fellowship (SICF).

 

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.