The Truthfulness of a Mirror
A mirror never lies. The older I get, the more I am finding the mirror’s reflection to be brutally honest. When looking into the mirror these days, I don’t see the same reflection I saw thirty years ago.
Once upon a time, the reflection I saw was quite different. I would see a trim young man with light brown hair and wrinkle-free skin staring back at me. Today in the mirror I see a slightly overweight and graying fifty-five year old man. The mirror that once displayed flawless skin now displays a wrinkled brow. A mirror can be painfully honest.
A Mirror Displays Your Current Condition
A mirror in your bathroom or bedroom allows you to see a reflection of yourself in your current state. Can you imagine getting out of bed , getting dressed, and leaving for work without looking into a mirror? I am guessing that your answer is no; you could not begin to imagine doing that.
It probably takes you just one look into the mirror in the morning to make it clear changes need to be made to your appearance. You need to make adjustments to your appearance before you would feel comfortable being seen in public. Your hair is standing all over your head when you wake up.
Most women wouldn’t dream of not using the mirror to fix their hair and make-up before they leave the house. In the morning the mirror brings to our attention what aspects of our appearance need to be worked on. The mirror is part of everyone’s daily routine.
If A Mirror Could Look Deeper…
When I started thinking about mirrors, I had another thought occur to me. The reflection we see in a mirror is based solely on our physical appearance at the time. The reflection indicates our outward appearance. Depending on what we see, we might want to make changes in order to make our appearance acceptable.
As I began to think about this, I imagined what it would be like if a mirror could look deeper. What types of changes would we be compelled to make if a mirror could look deep into our heart and soul? What would happen if a mirror could give us a true reflection of our attitudes, motives, and personalities?
Our Inner Reflection Is What Matters
Often, the inner image people think they reflect is very different than what they actually reflect to the world around them. I wonder how many of us think we reflect compassion and love, but actually seem uncaring and insensitive to others.
Many people may think their life reflects patience and understanding, but in the eyes of others they come across as impatient and lacking in empathy. Imagine if a mirror could reflect the flaws in our character and attitudes in a way that was blatantly apparent to us.
A Biblical Example of an Inner Reflection
A scripture in the Bible 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. They were known for showy and flamboyant displays of their religious beliefs. They tried to appear Godly, but were hypocritical and judgmental.
In the Gospel of Matthew, a passage tells of a time Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for being hypocrites. They were failing to honestly look at their own hearts and motives. Take a look at what Jesus said to the Pharisees.
The Hypocrisy of 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.
There is a Mirror that looks Deeper
No mirror of glass can reflect where we fall short in terms of our attitudes, our love, and our motives. I have fallen short many times in these areas. I am a work in progress.
There is however a mirror God has provided that allows us to evaluate the reflection of our inner being as it truly is. The mirror I am referring to is the Bible. A particular passage of 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)
The Bible is the True Mirror
God will speak to us through His word. The Holy Spirit will show us every area of our life that needs adjustment 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. We must accept 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.”
God’s word is like a mirror for us to reveal the changes needed in our hearts to be the people God meant for us to be. To experience 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 you need to make. God’s mirror never lies.
Thanks for reading,
Until next time,