By: Scott Armstrong
Reading: James 1:19-27
Key Verse: “Religion that God our Father accepts . . . is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27a).
Stacy looked in the mirror as she got ready for her speech in front of the formal gala. They had served hors d’oeuvres an hour earlier, and there it was: a massive piece of lettuce between her front teeth.
“How long have I had that there?” she wondered. “Why didn’t anyone tell me?”
And then…she left the bathroom with confidence, having decided that she would start a new “lettuce-in-the-front-teeth” trend that would be all the rage with the party attenders.
It’s absurd, right? No one would look into the mirror, discover that they had food in their teeth, and then knowingly NOT do anything. One of the main reasons we look in the mirror in the first place is to correct (or disguise) the flaws we may find there.
And yet, spiritually, we do this all the time. We hear a sermon or we read some verses, and then we close our Bibles, never apply it to our daily lives, and forget what we read or heard.
The temptation is for you to do that same thing a moment from now. Don’t do it! Especially since the mirror of the Bible often shows us our inadequacy in prioritizing the needy amongst us and our tendency to lean toward – instead of away from – temptation (v. 27).
Our relationship with God should be evident to the world around us. As you look in the mirror (his Word) today, what lettuce is God wanting you to get out of your teeth?