Have you looked in the mirror lately?

by | March 5, 2018 6:46 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Every day we stand in front of a mirror so we can see how we look. If it is dark in the room, it is useless to even try to see until we flip the light switch. But, once we do turn on the lights, we can make sure we look good before we go out. If we don’t look good, then we fix what we don’t like (i.e., hair, clothes, teeth, face, etc.). The one interesting thing about a mirror is that it never lies.   We can stand in front of a mirror all day, and it will continue to show us what we look like and how others see us. With this in mind, God’s Word is a mirror, too (James 1:23-25). It never changes (Psa. 119:89), and it will never lie (Titus 1:2).

God expects us to look into His Word, look at our lives, see ourselves, and change when we don’t like what we see. But, too many people are focused on one of two things: (1) Living in the darkness so they cannot see; or (2) Thinking that everyone else needs to change but they do not.

Those who are focused on the first problem choose to live in darkness and hate the light because they know it reveals something that must be changed—something of which God does not approve. Jesus said, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:19-21). On the other hand, those who are focused on the second problem must realize that change begins with self. It is like the man who was trying to put a puzzle of the world together and couldn’t do it. Eventually, he told his 10-year-old son to take it and try to put it together. After a few minutes, the boy returned, and the man was amazed. He asked him how he was able to do it so quickly and the boy said, “All I had to do was turn it over, because on the other side was a picture of a man. So, when I completed the man, the world was taken care of.” We don’t have to be overly concerned with rearranging the world, but we do have to be concerned in arranging ourselves in line with God’s mirror.

A good example of someone who truly saw how ugly they were (being in sin) was David. David was a great young warrior (1 Sam. 17), a famous king (2 Sam. 5), a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), and a sinner (2 Sam. 12:13). But, the good thing is that David saw himself in God’s holy mirror through Nathan, the prophet, and decided to change.

No one will ever be perfect. Yes, we follow the footsteps of Jesus (1 Pet. 2:21), but undoubtedly there will be a time when temptation strikes us and we allow ourselves to sin (James 1:13-15). David was a strong, godly man but still allowed his weakness to bring him down. Thankfully, the love, mercy, and grace of God is available to all (Eph. 2:8,9; Eph. 3:8; John 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:3). David realized this and was inspired to write, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile”(Psa. 32:1,2). We will be equally blessed as we look into the mirror of God’s Word and transform our lives to the image of His Son each day (Rom. 12:2).

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