DO NOT LIE
It is impossible for a mirror to lie. A
mirrors function is to simply reflect what is put in front of it. Many times
the image that is reflected is less than desirable. For example, when a person
first gets out of bed in the morning, his reflection may not be very pretty. A
mirror reflects the exact image put before it.
"For if anyone is a hearer of the
word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he
was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and
is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in
what he does." (James 1:23-25.)
The Word of God is like a mirror. A person
can read the word of God and it will reveal an exact reflection of that person’s
spiritual life. The person will be able to compare what he reads in the Bible
to the way that he lives his life and thus see a reflection of him. If the
Word reveals a faithful Christian then the challenge is to remain faithful. If
the Word reveals a sinner outside of Christ then the challenge is to change
If a person looks into this spiritual
mirror and finds he needs to make changes to himself he has several options.
1. Ignore it - Many people believe if you
ignore a problem long enough it will go away. In this situation it is not
true. One cannot ignore the status of his own salvation.
2. Make a few outward changes - If a
person realizes he is not the Christian he should be he can make a few outward
changes simply to satisfy his own conscience. Of course this is not what God
expects of him.
3. Change his life - If a person looks
into the law of liberty and finds there are things he needs to change, God
expects this person to change his life to meet the requirements given in the
word to assure salvation.
What does your reflection look like?
- - - - JOSH WEBSTER