MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL: If we really want to see a true reflection of ourselves look in the Bible, not the mirror. Somethings may horrify us and on the other hand, some may give us hope, strength and confirmation that we are on the right path – God’s path. When we look in our bathroom mirror and see our flaws we are moved to fix them. We get out our hairbrush, toothbrush, razors, tweezers and go to work. The day goes by and when we get back in front of that mirror our hair is behind our ears, that 5 o’clock shadow is coming back and those onions we had for lunch….well, we won’t even go there. The point is, the longer we are away from the bathroom mirror, the more we are deceived. Whether we look better than we thought or worse, the mirror tells us.
Using the Word of God as a mirror has the same effects. We really don’t know what we really look like until we look in the Bible. When we see those imperfections we are also moved to repair, improve and conform to God’s teachings and see the person we really are. We see our strengths and realize from where they came and begin to understand exactly what God’s grace is really about. The further we get away from the Word of God and It’s reflection of who we really are, the more we are deceived. James 1:23-24 “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; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”
When we are weak or fearful our mirror, the Word of God, tells us “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. If we need guidance His Word says “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” Psalms 37:23. Then, on the other hand, we will see our flaws….all of them! The Word of God also reminds us that faith without works is dead. James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble!” We can say we have faith but as Christians we must do good works to all. Our works don’t justify us but being justified through Jesus and the Cross we are called to do good works.
God has given us so many preachers and teachers throughout the centuries to point us to His Word but until we begin to pick the Bible up for ourselves and apply what it says to our lives, we will never know our true reflection. With everything going on in this world today we all need to know who we really are; who we really are in Christ. We all need to know Jesus. The God we are cursing for our problems is the same God holding us up right now while the enemy is the one causing the problems. Look in the mirror and be a reflection of God’s glory! – Donna Warren