Reading: James 1:19-27 

We look into the mirror and then so soon forget. We are searched by the scripture and so soon forget, we are moved by a sermon–but then go our ways, “one to his farm, another to his merchandise.” 

James makes his point clear. The Word of the Lord, or the minister, may draw the portrait. And it may be accurate enough. It may be frightening and sometimes embarrassing. But then so soon we go our ways and forget to do anything about it. Hearers but not doers of the work. We are like a man that promises to pay his bill and yet never does. However, the man that looks into the perfect law of liberty and then continues therin, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds, and whatever he does shall prosper. 

We must do at once what we know to do. There must be no delay and no forgetting. Most people know what to do to become a Christian, and most Christians know what to do to become better Christians, and that is the place to start. And it must be done at once. 

Prayer: Help me to see myself, O Lord, as You see me. I sincerely desire spiritual improvement. I promise obedience to your will. Amen.