A mirror never lies. The older I get, the more I am finding the mirror’s reflection to be brutally honest when I look into it. These days, when I look into the mirror, I don’t see the same reflection that I remember seeing thirty years ago. There was a time when I looked into the mirror and I would see a very trim young man with light brown hair and wrinkle-free skin staring back at me. Today when I look into the mirror, I see a slightly overweight and graying fifty year old man with crow’s feet at the corners of each eye in the reflection of the glass. A mirror can be painfully honest.
The primary purpose of having a mirror in the bathroom or bedroom of your home is to enable you to see a reflection of yourself that makes you aware of the current state of your appearance. Can you imagine getting out of bed in the morning, getting dressed, and immediately leaving for work without looking into a mirror? I am guessing that your answer is no; you could not begin to imagine doing that. People wake up in the morning, and it only takes one look into the mirror to make it clear to them that there are changes that need to be made to their appearance before they would feel comfortable being seen in public. Your hair is probably standing all over your head when you wake up. When I wake up and look in the mirror, I see a five o’clock shadow on my face, and realize that I need to shave. Most women would not even think about neglecting to use the mirror to fix their hair and make-up before they leave the house in the morning. Our reflection in the mirror in the morning brings to our attention what aspects of our appearance need to be worked on. The mirror is part of everyone’s daily routine.
When I started to ponder this whole subject of the mirrors that we depend upon on a daily basis, I begin to have another thought occur to me. Obviously, when we look into a mirror, the reflection that we see is based solely on our physical appearance at the time we are looking into the mirror. The reflection indicates our outward appearance. Based on what we see in the mirror, we may find it necessary to make changes in order to make our appearance acceptable. As I began to think about this, I imagined to myself what it would be like if a mirror had the capability to look deeper. What types of changes would we be compelled to make if a mirror could look deep into our heart and soul and give us a true reflection of our attitudes, motives, and personalities? Often in life, the image that people think that they reflect is nowhere close to the image that they actually reflect to the world around them. I wonder how many of us feel that we reflect compassion and love, but actually seem uncaring and insensitive to others. Perhaps there are many people who feel that their life reflects patience and understanding, but in the eyes of the people around them they come across as impatient and lacking in empathy. If a mirror had the ability to reflect the flaws in our character and attitudes in a way where they were blatantly apparent to us, just as if we were looking in a mirror and seeing our reflection, I wonder how many changes we would feel compelled to make before we left for work.
I remember a passage of scripture in the Bible that tells of a 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, and were known for very showy and flamboyant displays of their religious beliefs. They tried to appear Godly, but were very hypocritical and judgmental. In the 23rd chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, there is a passage that tells of a time that 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. Jesus told them, “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 basically telling them in a nutshell that they were focusing too much on outward appearances of being Godly, and not taking care to see that their heart was right before God.
Going back to our mirror discussion, unfortunately, no mirror of glass can ever make it clear to us where we fall short or fail when it comes to our attitudes, our compassion, our love, and our motives. I have fallen short many times in these areas, and I still do. I am a work in progress. There is however a mirror that we can look into that God has provided for us that will help us to evaluate the reflection of our inner being as it truly is. This mirror I am referring to is the Bible.There is actually a passage of scripture in the Bible that 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) Through His Holy Spirit, God will speak to us through His word, and bring to our attention every area of our life that we need to correct in order to be pleasing to Him. The catch is 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, and accepting the free gift of salvation that was given to us by Jesus giving his life for us 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.”
Just like when we see our reflection in a mirror, when we are awakened to what God wants for our lives, His word will be a mirror for us to reveal the changes we need to make in our hearts to be the person that God meant for us to be. So, if you want to experience the kind of life that God wants you to have, you have to look in the mirror. Forget that mirror on the wall for a moment and pick up the Bible and 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. You can trust that mirror too! God’s mirror never lies.
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