I just saw the movie Mirror Mirror, in this interesting film the wicked queen looks in the mirror and recites the familiar words that we’ve all grown up on “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” When the evil queen looks in, the reflection is quite different from what she truly looks like. In the mirror is a much younger, flawless looking woman.
Can this be true of our self? When we look in, are we deceived? Do we see who we think we are? Or do we see who God says we are? Maybe we even see who the enemy accuses us of being.
I’m hard on myself both naturally and spiritually. When I look in, I see flaws. When I look in the mirror of God’s Word it’s a different story. Not only do I see His faithful, flawless love but I see the changes I need to make in my life. When I look further, I discover the grace I need to make those changes.
Amongst the countless treasures, I have ascertained mercy and forgiveness—confidence and truth—discernment and direction. Most importantly when looking into the mirror of God’s Word, I find genuine relationship.
Below is a post from December about the mirror of God’s Word, it didn’t really have many reads. As I reread it today, my thoughts were “This needs to be re-posted!” It’s a short but powerful message!
I encourage you to read it and pass it on.
Looking in the mirror, have you ever seen anything that needs fixing? Disheveled hair or clothing, something in your teeth or nose? Do you just walk away and do nothing to change your appearance?
As we stare into the mirror of God’s Word, the reflection we gaze upon should distinctly resemble Jesus. The Bible is meant to be a place of reflection, where we view and examine ourselves.
James 1:22 says
“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 observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”
When the mirror of God’s Word is just heard and not heeded, we are that person who looks in and sees what needs to be changed, but walks away unaffected—hearers only, therefore deceived.
The Word is alive and active. Whether we read it, hear it preached or talked about from a friend, the Word must be given the posture of effectiveness in our life. We cannot just browse God’s Word, looking for the “Bless me” scriptures. No, we must read and heed all of it—being responsible for what we read and know.
As we gaze at His reflection we are to measure our own moral qualities and behavior to His, allowing the power of the Word to mold us into His likeness.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 communicates this,
“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
As we yield to the Word, becoming hearers and doers, our veil is removed—allowing the Spirit of God to bring freedom to our lives.
The benefits of being hearers and doers of the Word are that in the reflection, we behold the glory of God; and we don’t just behold it, but are transformed by it—changed by His glory into the same image we see in the mirror—His. What an amazing exchange for those who choose to do God’s Word!
Be encouraged to be a hearer and a doer of the Word of God, reflecting and projecting His beauty.
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.” Ephesians 5:1