Tuesday, 21 July 2020 James 1:19-27
“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” -James 1: 23-24
Most of us take time to look at ourselves at least once a day into the mirror. Then there are others who spend a lot of time in front of it. These are the individuals when they walk out of their homes look very well groomed, unlike the other ‘one- time’ lookers. Why is it so? This is because the more one stands before a mirror the more we become obvious of our flaws that we painstakingly try to cover it up!
In our reading today, Apostle James compares God’s Word to a mirror and encourages us “not to be just hearers but doers of the word.” James 1:22 [paraphrased]
What’s so special about this mirror – The Bible?
This mirror reads us- What does this mean? This is a place where we can see ourselves just the way we are. Every time we read it, it reads us - our emotional, physical and spiritual state is unveiled. Thus we are unable to hide anything from God. David in Psalm 139 [paraphrased] says, ‘God, you know everything about me, when I sit down, when I lie down, the words that I am going to speak, everything is open before you.’ That’s what the Bible does. It exposes us, to ourselves. It sees us through and through.
This mirror reflects the truth about us- It not only read us, it also reflects our inner self. This looking glass uncovers everything within us that is hidden from the outside world. Our sinful nature, sinful desires of our heart, shameful lusts and our depraved mind (Rom 1: 24, 26, 28). But it does not end there.