Shallow or Deep?

“If you listen to the Word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 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 1:23-25)

Is your time with God and time in His Word shallow or deep?  Are you quickly glancing in the mirror to confirm your life looks fine (knowing it’s not so good under the surface) or are you looking intently into the Word, residing in God’s presence, allowing the power of the Living Word to change you?

We want the benefits of being in God’s presence, but we often settle for the quick glance in the mirror.  Why is that?

  • It could be because of sin in our lives and we know God’s Word will point it out.  (Like when you need to go to the doctor, but you don’t!)
  • It could be a lack of discipline.  You could be allowing lesser important things to be crowding out what’s most important.
  • It could be because you are angry at God about something in the past. Unresolved conflict in any relationship hinders closeness.
  • It could be you don’t see the value.  You haven’t tasted how life-changing it is to “hang out” in God’s presence and to have His Word replenish your soul.

I don’t know what’s going on with you.  I do know attacks are real and relentless. I know, as do you, the God who made us wants undistracted time with us.  He longs to speak to us and refresh our souls.

Jesus once used the illustration of a vine and a branch to teach His disciples the importance of connection and closeness with Him.  “I am the vine, you are the branches.  If a man abides [stays vibrantly connected] in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15: 5

James 1:21 says, “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the Word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”

You might consider making this prayer your own:

Father, I love you more than anything this world has to offer.  I want to be with You.  I want to look deeply into Your Word, allowing you to saturate my mind.  I want You to touch and change me.  I repent of my shallowness and resistance and I recommit to making You my priority.  With your grace and by Your Spirit, I will be a diligent “hearer” and “doer” of Your Word.  Amen.

Jeff Wilson

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