Chances are you took a glance at yourself in the mirror today–checked out your hair, your makeup, your outfit. Made sure everything was in the right place and looked good. Once you were satisfied with your appearance, then you left the mirror.
Now, when you walked away, did you forget what you saw? Hopefully not. Even though you couldn’t see yourself any longer, you still had a mental picture of what you looked like. You had a pretty good idea of how you appeared to others. And although some small things might have changed throughout the day in your appearance, you essentially remained the same person that you saw reflected, right? After all, it would be a little bizarre if you became a totally different person once you walked away from the mirror.
So it should be with us as Christians. Check out the following verses from James:
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
When we look into God’s Word, we see who we are supposed to be in Christ. But often, once we stop looking into the Word we walk away and live however we want to live. If we are truly followers of Christ, then our lives should reflect what we see in God’s Word. Otherwise, it’s just like looking in a mirror and seeing yourself a certain way, only to walk away and become a totally different person. It just doesn’t make sense for that to happen.
James says we deceive ourselves if we only listen to the Word but don’t do what it says. If we don’t act on what we hear/read/see in there, then something’s wrong. We’re looking at a reflection that isn’t ours. I don’t know about you, but when I look into God’s Word I want to see myself as one of His children! The alternative is a much less pretty picture.
In what ways have you found yourself doing this? How can you change your behavior in these areas to make who you are match the mirror of God’s Word?