James 1.22-25 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 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: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
God’s Word is like a mirror. But it is a mirror that talks. What does God’s mirror tell us? It tells us the will of God. It tells us the truth of God. It instructs us. Corrects us. Warns us. It gives us wisdom. Why? That we might be thoroughly furnished unto all good works and fit for The Master’s use. But when this mirror is held up to our hearts, we realize that we are fallen, fractured individuals, in need of the grace and mercy of God.
You see, dear ones, God does not expose the sin in our lives to condemn us or make us feel guilty. That is the work of the devil. God exposes those things in our lives in order that we might mend our ways and bear fruit for His glory and honor. Many times when we stand in front of a mirror, we get discouraged. God’s talking mirror never reveals those flaws and weaknesses in our lives to discourage us, but to embrace His saving grace. God’s talking mirror would say to us, “you are My child. I’ve bought you with a great price. When you look into the mirror, you see you. But when I see you in the mirror, I see you being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.” The question that needs to be asked this morning, beloved, is this. When God’s Word exposes that area of sin or nasty habit that distorts the image of Christ from being formed in us, do we agree with the mirror, or walk away completely oblivious to what we were shown?
When we get dressed in the morning, we look into a mirror and make sure that we look neat and proper. When you read the Word this morning, brothers and sisters, allow the Word to “iron” your wrinkled attitudes and wash your filthy mind. You are going out into the world as a representative of Jesus Christ. The talking mirror is not our enemy, but our friend whose intention is that we reflect the image of Christ and bear fruit for His glory. Mirror, mirror on the wall, conform me into The Lord of all.