James 1:22-25
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect 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 writes to say attentive listening to God’s word is not taking us anywhere in our lives. Those who think they can listen and not respond are just fooling themselves. It’s like staring in a mirror trying to remember every detail of your face, but as soon as you walk away you start to forget. You may look at sin that blemishes your life, but if nothing is done the blemish remains and sin soon fades in your mind. God blesses those who respond to him and put into practice His desires.

Everyone knows the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind.” We use it to say once we are no longer looking at something we soon forget it. God’s word reflects our life back to us. When we read the scriptures, God reveals to us our nature and our purpose for life. He shows us the sin that wants to dominate us. He also shows us His will so we know how to avoid sin’s domination. But if we walk away and do not put His word into practice then His words become out of sight, out of mind. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” The natural man is one who has not searched the depths of God, but relies upon himself. It’s like the person who looks in the mirror and ignores what they see because it’s all they know. But the person who puts into practice what God desires will see something different. They will see the sin in their life, but most of all they will see God standing with them, loving them, and offering His mercy and grace. What do you see in your life? Do you see God’s work taking place? Pray God will give you a clear picture of your life. Pray you will understand His desires. Pray for strength to carry out His perfect and glorious will.