Unlike most women I know, I don’t really enjoy standing in front of my mirror for a long time. After a maximum of 5 minutes I walk away because the mirror does one thing that most people try to avoid. It is able to reveal flaws such as facial breakouts or show the places where I am putting on weight.
Just like the mirror, the Word of God does the same thing. As we spend time daily, searching through the Word of God, his spirit examines all the hidden things in our hearts and reveals them to us. The Word of God is not just a bunch of words which have been strung together to be the greatest piece of literature for all times. No contrary to that, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” [Hebrews 4:12, NLT]. So as you read the Word of God, God’s heart is revealed to you and His spirit which comes forth through his Word begins to examine yours. There are so many things we try to hide from other people. Just as easily as I can hide the breakouts on my face with makeup and hide the love handles by wearing a corset, many of us try to disguise who we really are with many masks. Yet, the Word of God lays us bare and God’s spirit reveals our weakness and flaws, often leaving us vulnerable.
What we need to understand is that God does not take pleasure in making us or leaving us vulnerable. Rather through that process we fully understand that we are not perfect and it is in him that we have our completeness and our righteousness. That is why “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work” [ 2 Timothy 3:16-17, AMP]. Although seeing my flaws through the mirror may not be pleasant, at least it serves to warn me to start going back to the gym and to take better care of myself, which I might not be doing. We may go through life each day thinking we are all right, when in truth there could be areas in our lives that need pruning. That is why it is even equally important to not just read or listen to the Word of God, but to act upon it. Acting on God’s Word is what brings about the transformation, just as going to the gym is what will cause the love handles to go away. That is why you “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like” [James 1:22-24, The MSG].
So today I challenge you, spend less time in front of the mirrors in your home and spend more time in the mirror of the Word of God.