It is unnecessary to try and live by society’s standards – God’s standard is the only one to live by!
We live in a time where so much information is easily accessed. If there is a project, a hobby, a sport, a meal or any special occasion, you can find help and inspiration in the blink of an eye. The problem comes when these resources are no longer a source of encouragement. Instead they become an endangering entrapment. The gerbil wheel of comparison speeds us on a journey that leads to condemnation. Romans 8:1 tells us that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Yet we wonder, “why doesn’t my house look like that, why doesn’t my body look like hers, why isn’t my make-up flawless, why don’t my meals plate properly, why aren’t my relationships thriving?” Do any of these comparisons matter?
In James 1:22-25 we have the comparison that does matter. The difference between being just a hearer of the word and a doer of the word. Looking at your natural face in a mirror and then walking away, forgetting who you are, this is just hearing the word. Now looking intently in the mirror, allowing the Lord, through scripture, to renew your mind, illuminate shadows, mold and shape you to be more like Christ, this is being a hearer and a doer of the word. This is the comparison that matters, that encourages and endures.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 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.
James 1: 22-25
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me make time everyday to look intently in the mirror. Let me see life through your eyes, and help me to not compare my life to society’s standards but compare it to Your standards. Change me and mold me to look more like your child every day. Amen