Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:23-24
At my age looking into the mirror only seems to reveal another wrinkle, another gray hair (of which mine seem to have FORGOTTEN are suppose to come in with ADDED wisdom!!) and quite frankly it’s just not getting any prettier. Immediately forgetting that aging image… although might be a blessing… is not possible; so praise the Lord He looks at the inside, and if that’s filled with Him somehow no matter how old you are there is just a radiant glow about you that is renewed (for free) each moment you spend with Him!
I’m for spending more time with Him so lets back it up to James 1:19 and read through verse 25.
Did you see it said EVERYONE should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… (note to self: my name cannot be inserted as an exception to that rule!) and why?! Because verse 20 says human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. – So verse 21 seems to wonder why in the world we would not just humbly except the Word planted in us THAT CAN SAVE US! It’s like hello?! Anyone listening yet?! Because then in 22 it says don’t be tricked, you actually have to DO what you hear stated in His life saving Word! Oh now glorious verse 25…
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do. And yes, that said WHOEVER, there is no age limit!
You know who this reminds me of…. JESUS! Of course right! In John 12:49 Jesus tells us He did not speak on His own but only what the Father gave Him to say! How incredible right! Sinless Jesus walking the earth with all of us, and can you imagine all in the flesh He may have wanted to say, but restrained!!!!?! Unfathomable strength, which is also available to us if we will surrender to the filling of His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11)! Now verse 50 says He knew the Fathers command lead to eternal life.
The mission of Jesus first coming was not to judge people but to show the way to find salvation and eternal life. (Shouldn’t we follow suit. (Romans 12:19, Mark 12:30-31)) Now when He returns there will be judgment and those who excepted Jesus words, excepted the Truth of Him and lived His way will be raised to eternal life (John 3:16). Hallelujah!
Just before we go let’s look at one more snap shot of Jesus (who couldn’t use a little extra radiant glow anyway? You might not be as wrinkly as me but let’s marinate in His Word together just a bit longer, shall we!)
John 11:17-44 depicts the events around Lazarus death. Verse 33 in the NLT states, When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. I think Jesus was angry at death. Death was never a part of His plan (You don’t have to be a control freak like me to know what it feels like to have your perfect plan messed with!) and He was right there in the middle of those He deeply loved sharing in their grief that death had caused and He was angry at it’s destruction!
But what does Jesus do?! Throw rocks and curse up a storm… uh no.
First: He says three little words… verse 43, “Lazarus, come out!” and with that death let go of Laz and he inhaled life again!! Amazing strength under control!
Then: Jesus took the cross in our place conquering the grave resurrecting on the other side so that we could all come out of the chains of sin and death into abundant freedom and eternal life with Him in His Kingdom!!!! (Heb. 12:2) He did the will of The Father.
I guarantee there is no face cream on the planet that is going to give you a youthful glow like that Good News right there! But if you could bottle it up with applicator directions it would just be three little words in response to Jesus… I do believe.
Jesus was quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry – the Scriptures were His guide, prayer was His lifeline, He DID the work the Father gave Him to do (John 17:4) and He is willing to finish the work He started in us (Phil. 1:6) (even if it is one ‘wrinkle’ at a time). Praise Him!
I do believe!
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
Independent Read: 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, Rev. 21:1-7, 1 Thess. 4:15-18, Ps. 34:5, Romans 10:17, Malachi 3:16-18