Journey is not a word that we fully understand in the world we live in. For you and me, we journey as we travel by bus, car or plane, and all of our travels are an attempt to get somewhere. So we falsely identify a journey as a destination. So we attempt to get there as fast as we can.
This is not so as we journey with Jesus. The journey is not a destination, but instead a lifestyle of change. This journey is all about building upon our relationship with Jesus.
Relationships change us, and in the case of our relationship with Jesus, He is changing us for eternity. Paul says: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which come from the Lord, who is the Spirit”. (2 Corinthians 3:17).
This journey is about being changed into the likeness of Jesus means to live in perfect harmony with the Father, with oneself and with those around us. That was God’s intention from the beginning, and it does not come as a result of outside changes. No it is results flowing from the inside out. Change is not an instantaneous process. It is an eternal process!
God will take you as far as you willing to go!
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
This passage describes us as a people that have the tendency to forget what kind a person we can be. This is due to the struggles of life. Our tendency is to allow our circumstances to define us. The word of God is focused on securing our identity in God and how He defines us. This is why the scripture challenges us to look into the word consistently and often. We are also promised blessing when we comply. We are not blessed for doing it. We become blessed from doing it!
Looking into the mirror also helps us to gain an adequate measure of how near or far we are from God. We also position ourselves to see the truth in every matter of our lives.
We must not only read the word but we must allow it to read us.
Hearer or Doer?
The best practice of faith is to be doers of the word. The scripture reveals that not being a doer opens the door for deception.
There are basics and fundamentals in every arena that make us better, stronger, increase our stamina, and improve our execution. This is true for both individual players or teams. Your spiritual journey is no exception. Therefore, we as the church must make the fundamentals a part of our daily journey.
The Basics include…
Looking into the Mirror Regularly
When we develop the habit of regularly reading the word we also develop a deep sense of who we are in Christ. We often forget who we are because our Christ image is underdeveloped or morphed. We find and resource our image through what we hear and understand from God’s word. People who regularly look into the mirror understand the mirror has a voice. It speaks back to us!
When we look into the mirror we must let the mirror talk back and tell us what to fix. The mirror also reflects our image. The mirror reflects what needs cleaned up, adjusted, and changed. The mirror reflects what should be set aside and what needs to be added.
Living out the Changes we see in the Mirror
The Mirror or the Word is to be an active part of our daily life. In other words, there must be a point in our life where the Word of God is applied to every area of our life and walk. God’s Word is a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path (Psalm 119:105). It is meant to be our guide. God ‘s every Word or “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).”
As we have stated a mirror reflects. In the natural a mirror serves us to help us see what others are seeing. It helps us to arrange our hair, clothing, etc. In the Spirit it is identical. The scripture reflects our hearts and minds and reveals to us the changes we need to adjust to reach our spiritual potential.
The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
The word is living and powerful. The word living means active and is defined as energy. It means to operate and to work. God’s word has an inherent power. This means when God speaks, what he speaks carries the power to fulfill what he said. This is the way God’s word saves, heals and delivers. God’s word also pierces our soul and challenges our minds.
This means that His word penetrates our soul and breaks down the strongholds and the dark places. The word clearly shows the ability of God’s word to divide the soul from Spirit. This means it reaches into the soul and apportions truth to the dark places and enlightens our heart to turn toward Him.
God’s word is destructive to our strongholds and constructive to our Spirit man. And the first food we need is milk: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2). We need spiritual milk to grow, and that milk is God’s Word. We exercise the muscles of obedience to God’s Word.
As we do we will find it easier to obey; sin loses its appeal, and our discernment increases. Scripture teaches us, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14).
Gawking in the Mirror of God’s Word
We often make fun of the ladies or people who spend a more than average time in front of a mirror. But the truth is that mirror gawking has its advantages. In the natural it is proven that when you know how you look, it instills a personal self-confidence. It also gives you a boost in knowing that everything about you is in order.
Garnishes of Mirror Gawking…
-Remind – yourself of who you are
-Remember – how awesome God is
-Rehearse – God’s promises
-Resist – the devil
-Reject – all lies and deception
-Revive – your soul and feed your Spirit