Looking in the Mirror
Daily Devotional for November 12th
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. James 1:23
Criticism is not welcomed in most of us. The reason is because we tend to think very highly of ourselves. Our shortcomings are not nearly as severe as those around us, even if theirs are the same as ours. The mirror, on the other hand, is not biased. It tells the uncompromising truth. It does not dramatize an image, it simply displays it for what it is. It is simply the reflection. People do not get mad at the mirror when they do not like what they behold, but they make every attempt to correct the flaws, if at all possible.
However, do we find problems in the word of God? If so, it is mostly because we do not like the reflection of ourselves when reading it. The word of God not only reveals a person’s works and fruits, but it does what nothing else in the world can do; it reveals the hidden things of the heart of man. Did you know that the word of God is a spiritual mirror? James said, when we read the word and do not correct the thing that needs correcting in our lives, then we are compared to someone who does the same thing in a normal mirror. We glance at ourselves to make sure everything is okay, but if something needs correction, we should correct it.
When viewing the word of God, we should look at ourselves in the same way we look in the mirror. It’s not easy to confront our shortcomings, but it’s then the opportunity exists for us to ask God to fix the issues that exist in your life. Do you wrestle with scripture concerning holiness and separation, or do you confess your sin, repent and ask the Lord to forgive? Don’t resist the scriptures after God has revealed an area of your life that needs His touch. Instead, ask God to change you into the image He desires you to be. If you will do that, then God will change you into the beautiful image of Christ. Then you will be able to view Christ when you look in the mirror.