But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing - James 1:22-25 ESV
My sons have now experienced the rite of passage that comes with going to the barbershop. They now enjoy going to get their hair cut at the shop that a friend of mine recommended (thanks Jay!). The actions of my youngest son Connor in regard to the barbershop experience has really surprised me.
Since Connor is naturally shy, I initially had to tell the barber how to cut his hair. He went from having me tell the barber how his hair should be cut to him providing the instructions himself. My amazement at his transformation doesn’t stop there. It’s after the haircut that Connor did something that I was able to learn from.
After his hair has been cut, Connor will come home and look at himself in the mirror. He will look at his haircut from every angle and comb it until he is satisfied with the result. He will repeat this ritual every morning until it’s time for his next haircut.
Connor looks into the mirror and works on his hair until it looks perfect. He will not leave that mirror until his job is done. Men, I think that all of us can learn a lesson from Connor and his daily hair ritual. We need to look at ourselves in the mirror and examine who we are and what God has called us to do. We are not to abandon the pursuit of our purpose until it has come to fruition.
Like scripture warns us, we are not to walk away from the mirror and forget what we look like. In essence, we are not to forget our mission or purpose. All too often, we are hearers of the word and not doers. Even though God has spoken to us on a number of occasions, we shrink from the task He has assigned us. Let us lean into the assignment that God has given us and be encouraged.
My youngest has provided a blueprint that we can all learn from in regard to knowing and following through on our Master’s will. Connor progressed from not communicating to his barber to telling him how he wanted his hair cut. You can have the same progression as well when it comes to being a doer.
Embrace your assignment (in Connor’s case it was making sure his hair looked good) and stay in front of the mirror until it’s done. Persevere and use the talents and skill sets that our Father has provided for use to reflect His glory. Become a doer, not just a hearer.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.