Can you imagine running out the door for an important meeting or interview without checking the mirror? You know the drill: hair in place, teeth brushed, collar straight, no smudges. You will be engaging people, listening, reasoning, convincing . . . and hoping they will believe in you. We are all aware of our physical flaws–wrinkles, receding hair line, puffy eyes. Losing my hair was a painful process; yet, I crack myself up when I catch myself gazing at my head, as if I might find new hair. Unfortunately, that train already left the station! You know exactly what I’m talking about in one area or another.
Did you know that the Bible is described as a mirror? Scripture reflects back the truth about our souls. It reveals our scars and imperfections. It exposes our noble and corrupt motives. Why aren’t we more inclined to check the mirror of God’s Word? You may read it or study it without applying it to your life. James 1:22-25 explains, “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. 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.”
When you read a passage about integrity (see Job 2:3; Psalm 7:8; Proverbs 20:7, 11; 28: 18) do you take inventory of your own business practices? When you study verses that address heart matters (see Philippians 2:3-5, Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 139:23, 24), do you hone in on your own affections? When you study what the Bible says about right relationships (see Ephesians 4:2, 3; Romans 12:9, 10; Hebrews 10:24, 25) do you examine your own attitudes? When you explore the call to prayer (1 Corinthians 1:4; Philippians 1:3, 4; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 14:15; James 1:6) do you begin to converse with God?
A boy sat down next to a man on a park bench and started winding his most prized possession—his watch. “My, what a handsome watch,” remarked the man. “Does it tell you the time?” “No sir,” replied the boy. “You gotta look at it.” Before you leave for work, take a long look in the mirror . . . above all, look into God’s word to get ready for your day.
Serving Him with you in the marketplace,
Lord, thank You for the gift of Your written Word, preserved from the depths of your spoken revelations. You have revealed Your nature and your ways so I’m not left to create You according to my own imagination. I don’t always apply Your truths to my realities? Sometimes I focus on what I want You to do in someone else. Give me courage to look into my own soul as Your living words bring it to light . . . then give me the will and power to live out of Your patient instruction and correction.
“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.”