“Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone 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
There is a medical condition called mirror image agnosia in which an individual looks at himself in a mirror but cannot recognize that the image is, in fact, him. How challenging would that be for us? We see the image, but we don’t know the individual. Every time we investigated a mirror we would see a stranger staring back at us. I liken this to what I will call spiritual agnosia. There are people in this world who look at the Bible but cannot identify with the words or comprehend the implication of Christ’s sacrifice for them. These people are unable to recognize the spiritual realm beyond their transient earthly home. They are spiritually void inside.
These two verses in James chapter one is like mirror image agnosia. James says that the person investigates the mirror (seeing himself) but, he goes away from the image and he forgets what he looks like.
I think about these verses in the following way: God has given us the image of His Son reflecting at us as we spend time reading the Word. We have been given the very blueprint by which we are called to live. Yet, if we only stare at the pages without doing what the words are instructing us to do, we soon forget the image of the Savior in our lives. We must not forget, and we must strive to help others living with spiritual agnosia.
God has commanded each one of us to live a life worthy of His calling. He has chosen us to do what His Word says so that the world around us sees Him in our actions and hears Him in our words. Jesus wants to use us to break through the spiritual agnosia in the lives of those around us so that He can fill their spiritual void.
“Heavenly Father use me this day to reflect Your Son, Jesus. Strengthen and guide me daily so that I DO what Your Word says; not glancing at It and forgetting. Help me to always remember who I am and Whose I am and to live out the purpose You have called me to live. In Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner