I wonder if you’ve had a look in the mirror this morning? I mean, we all have to do that at some stage in the day – a less than pleasant experience for some of us! Some people look in the mirror more often than others, and I’m sure our motivations for doing so vary. But we certainly all need to look in the mirror first thing in the morning.
And as we gaze upon our reflection we might see that our hair has suffered substantial pillow damage, and as we smile we are horrified to realise that we’ve had some food stuck in the gaps between our teeth- we really should have brushed them the night before; and for some of us we see also that we are in need of a good shave or a dash of make-up.
But do we just look in that mirror and say, oh well, that’s nice- and go away and forget about it? Do we decide not to act upon what we see needs doing? Well, of course we don’t - that’s ridiculous. The whole point of looking in the mirror is so that we can do something about what we see. But then, says the New Testament book of James, that’s no more ludicrous than the Christian who hears God’s Word and then fails to obey it! It’s no more ludicrous than the person who thinks they are religious because they attend a church but who fails to practically care for the needy or to do all he/she can to present themselves as right before God. It’s no more inconsistent than the person who declares themselves a Christian but who then dismisses God’s Will and God’s Name when it proves inconvenient to our standing in society. How can we claim to know and love Him as Lord if we do not obey His commands, points out James.
Looking in the Bible is like looking in the mirror; except that God’s Word is more concerned with our character and the long-term condition of our hearts than with our short-term outward appearance. And we are each encouraged to take a good look - and then, by way of humility and faith, we must respond to what God places before us.
So, go on - before you step much further into your day- take a look in the mirror of God’s Word, the Bible!
“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 someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:22-24)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24)
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)
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