But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.
Matthew 5:44-45 NLT
Self-awareness is an awesome gift if you have it. Most of us struggle with being aware of who we really are. Life is filled with distractions that keep our minds and souls from engaging in life deeply.
Sometimes as a filter, people will binge watch TV or movies, hoping to quiet the noise and pain that is all around them. This is at best a Band-Aid. What the writer is calling us to in these verses is much deeper and it takes time to listen and learn.
Could it be that God actually expects us to do what He says? While there are theological persuasions that suggest this is impossible, I find it hard to believe that God would spend so much time in the Bible calling us to obedience if it is impossible.
The only hope we have for obedience to God’s word daily is to truly embrace what it says and pray that He will help us obey it. It means taking time to read it and think about it. Pray about it. Meditate on it. If you see that God is calling you to something, don’t just read it and move on. Process it, internalize it and make it a priority. Never forget what your soul looks like. Stay in tune and touch with your spiritual life. Be an open book before God.
Wake up yearning for God and go to sleep making Him the last thoughts on your mind and heart.
Join me in Prayer
Dear God, There is nothing I want to do more than obey You. Help me overcome my human struggles. Deliver me, O Lord, like you did for Daniel in the lion’s den or the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace. I want to be yours completely all day, every day. Amen
Pastor Wes Humble, Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations