How often do you see your reflection in a mirror? Some studies say that the average person looks in a mirror 8-10 times a day. While other surveys say it could be as many as 60 to 70 times a day, if glancing at our reflection in store windows and smart phone screens is included.
Why do we look so often? Most experts agree that it’s to check our appearance, especially before meetings or social gatherings. If something is amiss, we want to fix it. Why look if we don’t plan to change what’s wrong?
James said that reading or hearing God’s Word without acting on it is like looking in a mirror and forgetting what we’ve seen.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
Folks, our better alternative is to look closely and act on what we see.
James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
If we hear God’s Word without taking action, we fool only ourselves.
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
When you and I examine ourselves in light of God’s Word and obey His instructions, God liberates us from all
that prevents us from looking more and more like Him each day.
How is the Bible like a Mirror?
• Jeremiah 23:29 said it’s like a Hammer.
• Psalm 119:105 said it’s like a Lamp
• Luke 11:8 said it’s like a Seed
• Deuteronomy 8:3 said it’s like Bread
• Hebrews 4:12 said it’s like a Sharp Sword
• James 1:23-25 said the Word of God is a Mirror.
Our faith as we mirror God, enables us to come to God, but our love enables us to imitate Him. It also reminds us God’s Word as a hammer has the force of fire and a hammer. As a Lamp, it is our guide for living and understanding, for Bread it teaches that God supplied the people with food and that man shall not live by bread alone. We believers have a spiritual nature that can be satisfied only by the spiritual nutrients of God’s Word. Man lives by every word from the mouth of the Lord. As a sword, the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart; as a seed we can go to our neighbor for what is required, go boldly to God for that which is needed; Finally as a Mirror, we must be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.
As believers who hear the Word of God must receive it with a teachable Spirit, applying it to our daily lives. To hear and not obey is to be deceived.
Have You looked?
If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.
I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.