Once in a college class a girl got up to use the restroom. Upon returning she didn’t realize her dress was tucked in her pantyhose, and her whole backside was on display! I’m certain if she had looked in the mirror it would have revealed her dilemma and she would of corrected it. Have you ever had something in your teeth or perhaps your shirt inside out and didn’t notice? Like the story of “Sleeping Beauty”, the queen looks into the mirror and discovers she is not who she thought she was! The bible is like our mirror. When we read and study the Word of God it shows us who we are.
So why is it that while we are listening to a sermon we are thinking it is so good for someone else? Why is it so easy to see the mistakes or areas of weakness in someone else’s life? We freely and openly give our opinions of what others lack or should do, or why they are in their situation. Effortlessly we can point out their sin, yet not seeing our own. I’ve been guilty of this, have you? Let’s look into the mirror. Matthew 7:3-4 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye; and look, a plank is in your eye?” Charles Spurgeon states, “ Jesus is gentle, but He calls that man a hypocrite who fusses about small things in others and pays no attention to great matters at home in his own person” Not looking into the Word will cause us to be blinded and not have a clear image of ourselves. Sadly, we become more tolerant with our own faults than others. Fault finding and criticizing no matter what our intentions, tends to drive wedges between us and others. Do you want others to avoid you?
The Word of God provides a mirror to our souls and by gazing into it, the shocking and sometimes very disturbing truth about ourselves is reflected. This is the 1st step to repentance and spiritual transformation.
James 1:22-24 “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror and after looking at himself goes away and forgets what he looks at.”
We must not just listen, but repent, then obey the Word. Jesus calls us to love. Matthew 7:2 “ For the same way you judge others, you’ll be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured you” David Guzik states,” This is a powerful motivation for us to be generous with love, forgiveness, and goodness to others. If we want more of those things from God, we should give more of them to others.”