God's Word…Our Personal Mirror (James 1:23-25)
James 1:23-25, For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
The Middle and High-school girls had had a little too much fun with their lipstick again. One day, at a Christian school, it was reported to the administrator that there were lipstick stains on the mirrors in the girl’s restroom. Upon the administrator’s investigation he learned that the girls had been kissing the mirrors. After several unsuccessful attempts were made for the girls to stop kissing the mirrors, the administrator came up with a clever idea.
The principal called all of the Middle and High-school girls together to watch him demonstrate how difficult it was to clean the smudged mirrors. Pulling a mop from the mop cart, the administrator began to scrub the mirror clean. Strangely enough, he never again had the problem with lipstick on the mirrors.
Most of us before we begin our day take a look in a mirror to be sure we are presentable. Mirrors serve a purpose. They reveal to us our true reflections. I want us to check ourselves in another mirror—God’s mirror, the Word of God.
As a mirror, the Bible serves two important purposes. Both are vital to our Christian walk.
1. Revealing who Jesus Christ really is. The Bible mirrors Jesus, showing Him to us in His glory and splendor. When we gaze intently into the Word of God, we see the reflection of Jesus Christ. Without that revelation in the mirror of His Word, we cannot know fully know Him or be changed into His likeness.
2. Showing us the condition we are in. The person in James 1:23 who “beholdeth” his face in a mirror is a person who gets up in a hurry and runs past the mirror. The word beholdeth here means he just glances, then he’s gone. This is done a lot. Many only take a quick glance at the Word of God. Many people even call this quick glance their “morning devotion.” In contrast, James describes the person who “looketh” and “continueth therein.” (James 1:25) The word for look here means to stare into, examine, inspect, study, analyze. This is how we should look into the mirror of the Word of God.
We must sit down and absorb the Word because the Word is the mirror that reveals our true selves to us. When we examine intently into the mirror of God’s Word, we see our true reflection and can begin to deal with what we see. II Corinthians 3:18, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Through His Word, God wants to show you what you are by nature and what you can be by grace. As you look in the Word, you become like what you look at. He wants to make you like the Lord Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know Your desire for me is to be like Your Son, Jesus. I desire to be the mirror You want me to be. I ask You to take control of my life. Help me to reflect Jesus so that others can be drawn to Christ, Your Son. I want to be like Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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