A mirror never lies
A mirror never lies. As I get older, I am finding the mirror’s reflection to be brutally honest. These days, when looking into the mirror, I don’t see the same reflection I saw thirty years ago. Back then, I saw a young man with light brown hair and wrinkle-free skin staring back at me. Today, my mirror reflects a slightly different image. In my mirror, I see a graying man of 54 years with crow’s feet at the corners of each eye. A mirror is painfully honest.
The mirror is part of everyone’s life
A mirror enables you to see a reflection of yourself, making you aware of your appearance. Can you imagine waking up, getting dressed, and leaving for work without looking into a mirror? Sometimes the way I see people dress makes me wonder if they do that! My guess is that you check the mirror at least once before leaving your house.
For most people waking up it the morning, the mirror is a neccessity. Most folks need just one glance in the mirror to know changes need to be made before being seen in public. When you wake up, your hair is standing all over your head. When I wake up and look in the mirror, I see a five o’clock shadow on my face. This tells me I need to shave. Most women can’t imagine not using a mirror to fix their hair and make-up before leaving the house in the morning. The mirror alerts us of the aspects of our appearance that need changes. The mirror is part of everyone’s daily routine.
Taking a deeper look
When thinking about all of this, another thought occurs to me. Obviously, our reflection in the mirror is based on our physical appearance at the time. The reflection indicates our outward appearance. Based on what we see in the mirror, we may find it necessary to make changes. What would it be like if a mirror had the capability of looking deeper? Suppose a mirror could look deep into your heart and soul and reflect your attitudes, motives, and personality. What types of changes would you want to make?
The image most people think they reflect is often different from what they actually reflect to the world. I wonder how many of us think we reflect compassion and love, but actually seem uncaring and insensitive. Perhaps many people feel their life reflects patience and understanding, but to people around them they seem impatient and uncaring. If a mirror could reflect flaws in your character and attitudes, how many changes would you make before leaving for work?
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees
The Bible speaks of a particular time when Jesus was talking to a group of Pharisees. In Bible days, the Pharisees were a sect of Jews who were much schooled in the Law of Moses. They were known for very showy and flamboyant displays of their religious beliefs. They tried to appear Godly, but were hypocritical and judgmental.
In the 23rd chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus rebuked them for being hypocrites and failing to honestly look at their own hearts and motives. Take a look at what Jesus said to the Pharisees.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” (Matthew 23:25-28 -New International Version)
Jesus was telling them they were focusing too much on outward appearances of being Godly. They were not making sure their heart was right before God.
The mirror of the Bible
Unfortunately, no mirror on the wall can reveal to us where we fall short or fail when it comes to our character. I have fallen short many times. I am a work in progress. However, God has provided a mirror we can look into in order to examine ourselves. This mirror helps us evaluate the reflection of our inner being as it truly is. This mirror is the Bible.
A scripture in the Bible compares the Word of God to a person looking into a mirror. In the 1st chapter of the Book of James, it says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:23-25- New International Version)
God speaks through the mirror
Through His Holy Spirit, God speaks to us through His word, and shows us areas of our life that need changes. Truthfully, nothing we can ever do in and of ourselves will ever suffice. We can never be acceptable to God without partaking of His Grace and forgiveness. We must accept the free gift of salvation given to us by Jesus through his sacrifice on the cross. The Bible tell us in 1st John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
God’s word is a mirror for us revealing the changes we need to make in our hearts. God inspired change helps us become the person God meant for us to be. So, if you want the kind of life God wants you to have, you must look in the mirror. Forget that mirror on the wall for a moment and pick up the Bible. Take a look into the mirror of God’s word. When you look into God’s mirror, you will be able to see the changes that you need to make. God’s mirror never lies.
Thanks for reading,
Until next time,