I’ve read that the average person looks in a mirror between 8 and 10 times a day. If we count glancing at our reflections on our phones and other reflective surfaces, studies say it can be up to 70 times a day. Most experts agree that the reason we peek at ourselves throughout the day is to check that our appearance is acceptable for interacting with others socially.
If something is not right, we want to fix it.
Did you know there are such things as lighted high magnification mirrors that allow you to zoom in on specific areas of your face so you can get have a closer, clearer view of the yourself? These mirrors are expensive and can be discouraging, because they show the smallest imperfections and blemishes. They allow you to see yourself physically as you really are.
The book of James reminds us that God’s Word is like a mirror:
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect 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. | James 1:22-25
The Bible is a mirror that lets us see ourselves as God sees us.
It reveals who we are on the inside.
When we expose ourselves to the Word of God, we cannot help but notice the areas of our lives that do not line up. We are convicted and long to be changed…then we lay our Bibles down, step away, and quickly forget the longing that was present just moments before.
When I look into a physical mirror and see something that needs to be changed, I stop and take care of it. If it’s an issue that needs more time or attention than I’m able to give it at the moment, I make it a priority to get it taken care of as soon as I can. I’m ashamed to say that there are times that I look into the mirror of my soul and walk away unwilling to make the changes that need to be made.
My encouragement to myself and you today is not to be hurried when looking into the Word of God. Give it all your attention. Be alert to it. Allow it to show you those things that are not pleasing to the Lord and be willing to let God’s Word change you.
The more we look into the mirror our souls, the more we will be able to see the real image we want to reflect…Christ Jesus!
If we hear God’s Word without taking action, we fool ourselves. But when we examine ourselves in light of God’s Word and obey His instructions, God frees us from the chains of all the things that keep us from looking more and more like Him each day.