For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. James 1:23
Imagine for a moment trying to prepare for your day with no mirror. You’ve applied make-up for years. You know where everything goes, so you can can easily find where to put the mascara, blush, and lipstick. It may even feel as if it’s right, but obviously it would not look quite like it should. Mirrors are a vital tool to make ourselves presentable to the world.
God’s word is the mirror for our lives. He uses it to show us what needs to be changed about the way we live. When God’s word reveals an area of our lives that needs attention, we need to take the time and effort to do what it says. Before going out the door to face the world, we take the time and effort to fix whatever we see in the mirror that needs attention. Throughout our day, we often stop by a mirror to check our appearance. We check our teeth to be sure no food has been left behind from meals. We check our hair to see that each one is in place. We check our clothing for buttons undone or zippers unzipped. We look for anything that needs to be corrected. Even if we are in a rush, we take time to correct whatever is needed. We would never walk away knowing that something should be done. In the same manner, we should be careful not to turn away from God’s word without fixing what He has shown us need attention.
God’s word should be the mirror for our lives. “And if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it” (James 1:25). If we don’t check our appearance in the mirror, we are assuming that everything is all right. The bible offers a reflection of how our lives should look just as our mirror guides us in applying our make-up. If we don’t spend time reading the bible, our lives will eventually be as messed up as our appearance without a mirror. Let God’s word be the mirror for your life. Check it regularly and correct those things that God reveals which need attention.