Looking into a mirror seems to be an enjoyable activity for every baby I have ever met. When we get older, however, that enjoyment seems to wane a bit. What started off as a simple admiration of someone so beautiful you could hardly contain yourself, has turned into a daily attempt to make yourself presentable to the world.
In the book of James, it says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” He goes on to say that if you just listen to the word but don’t do it, it is like looking in a mirror and then looking away only to forget what you look like. Do not be deceived into thinking that by simply hearing the Word in some fashion that you are doing what God desires. You maybe have heard of Jesus or are able to recite certain verses from the Bible even, but if it doesn’t connect and become your own – as in, if you don’t respond to it, then you really haven’t received it.
Look intently to allow it to show you the truth
The mirror does not lie about what you look like, it doesn’t look at you and say “hey, you know what, your hair is a mess, but nobody will notice” No it says – hey, your hair needs to be combed. But the mirror also does not do anything about your problem. So if you walk up to the mirror with messy hair and you do nothing with your hair, guess what, you will still have messy hair. But I looked at the mirror! Yes, but you didn’t do anything with the information. You didn’t respond to what it revealed about you.
Look intently into the perfect law and keep looking. Get a good look at what you see there and let the truth of what it shows bring you before the Lord who can do something about it. Let the mirror of God’s perfect law show you the condition of your heart so that you get a good understanding of it and feel the need to have it repaired by Christ.
Let the truth lead you to action
What do you see? Okay…now do something about it. He says that you will be blessed when you do what the Word says. This is what being a disciple of Jesus Christ is all about.