James 1:22-27 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
A mirror shows us the outward appearance. The Word of God shows us the outward appearance, and then goes much deeper, showing us what is within our hearts and minds. The Bible gets into our lives both inward and outward.
God doesn’t want us to just hear His Word- He wants us to obey His Word. God also wants us to examine ourselves by His Word. The Bible is our mirror. Using the Bible as our mirror, we are to dig into the Word and check ourselves to see how we compare. We should correct our actions, our speech, and our lives, both inward and outward.
We must look into God’s mirror and see our own reflection. It is futile to look into the Word of God and not compare it to our own lives. We cannot be God’s children and not be obedient to Him. To obey God is to use His Word as our mirror. We should allow the Bible to change us. It should change our attitudes, our actions, our dress, our speech. We should allow the Bible to correct us- to be our guide for living a life that is Christ-like.
Not obeying God’s Word and allowing it to change us is like looking into a mirror and doing nothing about what we see. Looking into a mirror serves a specific purpose- to have a realistic idea about ourselves so that we can make corrections if needed. In order to make corrections we have to have a standard to compare to. The Bible is that standard. Don’t be just a hearer of the Word- be a doer of the Word. Dig deep into God’s Word and let it change you.