Chances are we all want to be blessed by God. We want God’s blessing on every aspect of our lives. We want God’s blessings on our finances, our heath, our children, our marriages, and our church. We also want to be blessed through our relationship with Jesus, our time in prayer, our study of God’s Word, our time in prayer, and our actions of devotion to Jesus. If you are like me, you pray to be blessed in these areas. But what if there was a path to being blessed by God? Would you walk in it?
“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25 (NKJV)
James tells us that the way to experience God’s blessings in our lives is to put His Word into practice. In the verses just before this James compares God’s Word to a mirror. Just as a mirror reflects our physical appearance, God’s Word will reflect our spiritual appearance. There will be times when what is reflected is “clean” and there will be times when what is reflected is “dirty.”
I heard a story about a missionary who went to the jungles of Africa to work with one of the tribes there. He really wanted to make friends with the witchdoctor because of his influence with the chief. One day the missionary was using a mirror to shave and the witchdoctor came over and started staring at the missionary’s mirror. He told the missionary that he wanted the mirror. It was the only mirror the missionary had brought, but thought that maybe he could use this to build a relationship with the witchdoctor. He handed it to the witchdoctor who promptly walked off. A few seconds later he heard the witchdoctor give a blood-curdling scream. He looked and the witchdoctor was smashing mirror into pieces. He asked him, “What in the world are you doing?” The witchdoctor replied, “That is the last time that thing will make an ugly face at me.”
Unfortunately, there are many times where that is our response to God’s Word. We want to smash the mirror because we don’t like the reflection. The pastor that told that story went on to say, “If the mirror shows you an ugly face, it’s not the mirrors fault.”
When we look into a mirror and we see our reflection we have three possible responses.
We can smash the mirror.
We can ignore the image.
Or we can make changes.
What we do determines whether or not we’ll experience God’s blessings in and on our lives.