In Touch - May 1, 2007
In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
May 1, 2007 – Profession and Performance – James 1:22-25
Welcome to the In Touch Devotional.
Close your eyes for a minute. Picture your own face. Imagine the slope of your cheek and the color of your eyes. Do you notice any freckles, dimples, or blemishes? Big nose or button nose? Thinning hair or a full mane? Crooked teeth or pearly whites?
You know exactly what you look like. Why? Because we all spend time in front of a mirror, studying our faces and getting to know ourselves. We’re not born knowing what we look like. And if we didn’t catch our own reflection from time to time, we’d honestly have no idea!
Now think of this in terms of faith. We’re not born with knowledge of the saving truth of Jesus Christ. We don’t inherently know the Bible. So, we must read, study, and carefully analyze Scripture for the Holy Spirit to communicate His message of salvation on our hearts and minds.
But how many people read the Bible and then walk away, seemingly unaffected? It’s as though they forget the power of the Word as soon as they close the Good Book. These are the people who praise Jesus on Sunday, but forget about Him the rest of the week. These are the ones who, as the apostle James describes, forget what they look like.
James 1:22 says, “Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” The world is dying to know what genuine faith looks like. If you know Jesus as Lord, then you carry a sacred responsibility to show others the true face of faith. Let them see Christ reflected in you.
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