We might think we’re OK or even worthy enough to say…”lookin’ good!” As long as we don’t look in the mirror, we can imagine and believe whatever we want. Oh, how quickly that changes when we see our reflection. But we can’t ignore what’s in the mirror, can we? After all, the mirror doesn’t lie. It’s the truth, staring at us right in the face. The problem with being faced with the truth is that we are forced to do something about it. I suppose we could ignore what we see and pretend it isn’t there. But for the most part, people will generally respond to what they see in the mirror. For instance, they’ll most likely comb their hair if they see it is messed up. If a man notices he missed a spot while shaving, he’ll fix it. If a woman’s lipstick went out of bounds, she’ll wipe it off.
In other words, the mirror is our friend! In spite of the reflection that reveals flaws, we know it is our advocate.
The Mirror of God’s Word
The book of James tells us that God’s Word is like a mirror. James says plainly in 1:22-24, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
When we read the Bible, it becomes a mirror. We see ourselves on the pages. We read about the lives of others, mistakes they made, problems they faced, challenges they lived through. We read the emotional cries and praises of the Psalms. We read the wisdom of Proverbs. The sins of people are laid bare in the stories of the Old Testament. We hear God’s voice in Isaiah and the prophets. We get to know God and ourselves better with each page of the Bible. Our weaknesses are reflected back to us from the mirror of Scripture. We learn what God calls sin and are are convicted by what angers God.
Wouldn’t it be foolish to read God’s Word, recognize where we have failed, and close the Bible without making any changes? What if, after reading the verses that mirrored my flaws, I put the Bible back on the shelf and went on living exactly the same way? It would be as ridiculous as if I looked in the mirror and saw a black blotch of mascara on my eyelid and walked away saying, “Oh well, I guess I missed my eyes while putting on my makeup!” No – I would wipe it away, fixing it immediately!
James explains the foolishness of not correcting the areas where God’s shines the light of His Word. The mirror of Scripture not only reveals our flaws, but contains the salve for the wounds it creates. What is the cure? The offer of salvation through Jesus and life through the power of the Holy Spirit. The mirror of Truth is our friend.
The question is, do I want to become more like Christ? Do I want to be sanctified by the washing of His Word and become a useful servant for God’s Kingdom? How about you?
“But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25