Most of us make a point of looking in a mirror to make sure that our hair is in place and, for us, women, that our make-up is applied correctly. If something is not right then we make a point to correct it, checking often to see if we look more presentable before going about our day.
If we do this for our physical, how much more should we for our spiritual appearance?
James 1:23-25 Amplified Bible
For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror;For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).
The word of God is like a mirror. It serves two purposes: one that shows us the condition of our heart and the other is revealing Jesus Christ in greater measure.
I am a bit concerned that social media has reduced our “devotional time” to mere glances – a daily dose of an image with a quote or word for the day and then we are on our way.
There is a need to be continually looking in the word of God, not just glimpses here and there. The word reveals to us what God is doing but it also allows the Holy Spirit to work in our spirits as we spend time looking in His word. He cannot change us if all we do is “glance” and then go away.
THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
The word of God exposes our hearts and our minds as we allow it to wash away the debris and all that hinders our spiritual growth. It brings healing, deliverance and stability in our lives as the rhema word reflects back to us the truth of who we are in Christ and the victory that has been given to us.
LINGER LONG AND RECEIVE
Don’t just read but receive and respond. Let your eyes drink in the words as your mind grapples to seek out the spiritual teaching of the word of God. Allow your soul to light upon those words that resonate with meaning and stay there awhile.
Drink it into your very soul and then the words that you speak will be alive with the very Spirit of the Living God.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
“Yes, it will always be a new book—just as new a Bible as it was printed yesterday, and nobody had ever seen a word of it till now; and yet it will be a deal more precious for all the memories which cluster round it. As we turn over its pages how sweetly do we recollect passages in our history which will never be forgotten to all eternity, but will stand for ever intertwined with gracious promises. Beloved, the Lord teach us to read his book of life which he has opened before us here below, so that we may read our titles clear in that other book of love which we have not seen as yet, but which will be opened at the last great day. The Lord be with you, and bless you.
We are begotten by the word of God: it is the instrumental means of regeneration. Therefore love your Bibles.”