Who am I?
“If anyone is a hear of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in the mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and forgets what kind of man he was.” – James 1:23-24
It’s interesting that the writer of this book starts with a greeting of, “James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ”, and then 22 verses later warns us that hearing without doing leads to identity confusion. By hearing only, we literally forget who we are and find ourselves in an identity crisis constantly trying other “greeting card” introductions as we run life’s journey. I know that from first hand experience! Acting on God’s word and His priorities confirms who we are, establishes our identity recognition, and brands us with a “greeting card” that reinforces our priorities as slaves of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I guess that’s why James ended the first chapter of this book with, “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (v.27) He knew that if we’d do these things, we’d always remember who we are!