James 1:22-27—“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For 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.
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
You probably look at yourself in a mirror several times a day. You see your reflection and know what you look like. If someone tried to tell you that your hair is blonde when really it’s brown, or that your eyes are green when you know that they’re blue, you would think that person is crazy.
James tells us that when we ignore what God says about us, it’s like looking in a mirror but not knowing what you look like! We have to have a clear reflection of ourselves, using God’s Word as our mirror, to understand who we are in Christ. We shouldn’t live like chameleons—blending in with whatever group we’re with at the moment. Our lives should look the same on Sundays as it does the rest of the week, and that can come through knowledge of our identity in Christ.
But just having knowledge of who we are isn’t enough—it has to be put to practice, and every circumstance in our lives is a chance for refinement. Muscle isn’t built through resting; it’s built through resistance and training, and our faith is the same. Training, which comes through putting our knowledge of God’s Word to practice, and resistance, which comes through difficult times and trials, build up our confidence and trust in God.
Ephesians 2:10—“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Looking at a piece of fruit can tell you what kind of tree the fruit came from. Our lives are the same; we produce fruit based on our actions. When you are in Christ, you are not only saved from your sin but He also changes you into a new person, designed to “do the good things he planned” for you. God tells us to not only talk about our faith, but to live it out, so that we can bring change to a world that desperately needs it.
Be relentless! Live out your faith, and live out who you are as a Christian, as God’s masterpiece in Jesus. Your identity is secure in Christ, so don’t be afraid to live for Him.
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