My little daughter and I have been reading the gospel of Mark together every morning. The other day we read the following verses: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24-25) I was explaining to my daughter how there does come a time when God will ask us frankly, “Whose team are you on?” As intelligent as people are, we sometimes really think we can lose weight by not keeping our diets or accomplish our goals by not working hard. It’s ironic, but it’s human nature.
For myself, I have been studying the book of James lately. James did not mince words, and there was a time in my own past when God used him to begin to heal my wicked tongue.
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both freshwater and saltwater flow from the same spring?” (James 3:9-11
Introspection used to be a painful looking glass for me, but with it God healed and delivered me from so much. (See “how long has he been like this?” and “learning to pray”) But as James so truthfully put it:
“Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word, but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in all he does.” (James 1:22-25)
If we continually seek his face and obey his voice (in increments as we are able), he will lead us to freedom. And then as we look in the mirror we will see glimpses of his reflection staring back at us.