"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." James 1:23-24 (NIV)
God's Word is like a mirror. We use mirrors to evaluate ourselves. We look in a mirror to assess the damage from the night before. Then we do something about it. What good is a mirror if we don't do anything about what we see? God says a mirror reflects what we're like on the outside and God's Word reflects what we're like on the inside.
James gives us three practical ways to reflect on the Word of God --
1. Read it. "The man who looks intently into the perfect law" (James 1:25 NIV). The word "look" in Greek means "to stoop down and gaze in." James says to focus your attention on the Word of God. Look at it intently in detail.
Here are nine things to look for, the S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S:
S - Is there a Sin to confess?
P - Is there a Promise to claim?
A - Is there an Attitude to change?
C - Is there a Command to obey?
E - Is there an Example to follow?
P - Is there a Prayer to pray?
E - Is there an Error to avoid?
T - Is there a Truth to believe?
S - Is there Something to thank God for?
2. Review it. "... and continues to do this ..." (James 1:25 NIV) That means over and over and over. The Bible calls this meditation. Read it and review it continually. Stay in it and be faithful to the book. I know some people that are more faithful to Facebook or the sports page than they are to God's Word. 3. Remember it.
"... not forgetting what he has heard." (James 1:25 NIV) Nothing will do more for your spiritual life than developing the habit of memorizing Scripture. "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." (Psalm 119:11 NLT)