22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
I once saw a funny comic like the one at http://sharideth.com/2012/04/13/the-difference-between-how-men-and-women-see-themselves/ that suggested that how we see ourselves in the mirror is heavily dependent on our self esteem and identity rather than just what the mirror reflects back. The issue is not so much about the mirror itself but about what our mind does with the image it sees.
I find that it is very much the same with how I read the Bible. My own preconceptions and brokenness can interfere with how I understand what I read and thus it will influence my ability to actually do what the Word says.
I find that if I pray before reading the scriptures, reflect and meditate on what I read, share the scriptures with others and seek wise counsel on the difficult passages, not only do I better grasp the meaning of the Word, but I also very better at actually following the commands that I read.
Lord, help me to be diligent in my approach to your Word, so that I approach it with the expectation that I will be challenged to do what it says, even when that is a challenge.
Written by Ps. Justin Ware