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. James 1:23-24 says, “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. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like”. We would never look in the mirror and walk away knowing that something should be changed.
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. In the same manner, we should be careful not to turn away from God’s word without fixing what He has shown us needs attention. Often however, we turn our back unwilling to hear what God’s word says. We don’t want to change, so we ignore the ugliness in our heart that stares back at us from the pages of our Bible. 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 correcting our physical appearance.
We are willing to take the extra time to make those outward changes, but the true blessing is found in changing our hearts. James 1:25 says, But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law — the law that sets you free — and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. When God reveals an area of our lives that needs attention, we need to take the time and effort to make those changes. If we don’t spend time studying God’s word, our lives will eventually be as messed up as our appearance without a mirror.
How much more important is the need to make ourselves presentable to our Heavenly Father than to worry about being presentable to the world! Let God’s word be the mirror for your life. Check it regularly and change those things which God reveals need attention.