While traveling in Paris, I took on the challenge of leading some of my family members on a “Chocolate Walk” I discovered on the Internet. We had a wonderful time exploring a neighbor that housed many of the finest chocolatiers…quite an adventure! In the midst of all the chocolate we stumbled on a boulangerie, (bakery) that had the most beautiful desserts I have ever seen…I mean seriously. The colors, the glazes, the swirls, the chocolate, the cream…you couldn’t help but want to buy something. Food that beautiful just has to be tasted. I think of the intentions of the artisan baker who created, not only a decadent rich cake, but then decorated it to be sure it was enjoyed and experienced in the fullest, most satisfying way.
Now imagine buying one of those incredible desserts, bringing it home, and then just putting it on the shelf. You look at it occasionally, admire it…your friends admire it, but you never taste it. Then you read in a book about someone actually eating the cake, so you decide to do something a little crazy, and you take a bite of your cake. “MMMM…whoa, that’s really good”. That might be the most incredible thing you ever tasted…but you put your fork down and you never take another bite.
What a crazy scenario, right? This is what I thought of when I read James 1:22-25 (CEV) today.
“Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.”
Going to church on Sunday, reading a chapter in your Bible or even reading a devotional, and not applying it to your daily life – not living out the truth you hear, is not living an authentic Christian life. It certainly leaves you short of God’s best for you. To be honest, I’m too vain to relate to looking in a mirror and forgetting what I look like, but I can relate to the ridiculous idea of buying a mouth-watering cake and not tasting it, or discovering how truly amazing it tastes, but never taking another bite.
The Word of God is not only nice to read or listen to once a week, it is to be devoured. When applied daily…it will seriously change your life. Hopefully, it will even make you FAT: Faithful, Available and Teachable.
So cut a big slice…and be sure to share with friends!