For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:23-25
This guy is a man in a hurry (v. 23-24). He has a lot on his mind. He takes a quick glimpse in a mirror, then rushes on. If the Bible is like a mirror, then he’s getting just a glimpse in the Word but not really applying it to his life.
Most Christians I know today are this kind of Bible student—a gnat bouncing here and there—rather than a bee, diving in and staying long enough to extract the sweetness.
In contrast, the man in verse 25 gazes steadily into the Word. He delights in God’s Word, applies God’s Word, and cherishes God’s Word.
Are you like that? Or do you take a passing glance at the Word and move on to the next thing on your “to do” list?
Which sounds more like you…the passing glance or the careful gaze?