Posted by: bshelley | October 29, 2008

Prove Yourselves

Today’s Verse: James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. NASB

Our ability to rationalize behaviors inconsistent with who we believe we are is a hard wired blind spot we seem to all have. It creates spiritual blindness at various levels depending on our ability to go before God and ask Him to show us an area where we are falling short of Christ’s image. First, we all fall short. It is crucial to remember and realize that His likeness is the will of God for all who are in Him. Hopefully as we mature as believers that we come closer to Christ’s likeness as we go, but we are all at different levels and growth rates in that regard. Nonetheless, we are all called to grow more like Him. The biggest problem we face in this process is our willingness, or lack thereof, to listen to what God says when we ask. If we ask God to show us where we are not living Christ-like and He shows us a scripture that really jumps off the page at us, do we just ignore it, feel bad about it or do we take steps to make the appropriate course change? Many fail to muster the spiritual fortitude to even ask. Loving God and loving others involves more than just knowing the right things to do. It requires us to actually live those traits of Christ out in our lives so often that they literally become who we are too. Just reading about it and praying and singing about it is not doing. Too often we excuse aberrant behavior with a “that’s just how I am”, or even worse “that’s just how God made me”. We have the exact same capability to live sinless lives as Christ Jesus. We have the same access to God’s wisdom and strength to achieve the end that we already know that is His will for our lives. (Eph 5:1-2) All too often we accept ourselves like we are and where we are in our walk, rationalizing to ourselves that it is good enough. God loves us no matter what. He also loves us too much to leave us the way we are. His expressed desire is that we become the full likeness of His Son. Are we open to His improvement suggestions? Are we doers in that regard or have we allowed ourselves to be “deluded”?

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