Not long after I got up this morning, I looked in the bathroom mirror and it wasn’t pretty. My hair had exploded during the night and there were whiskers that needed shaved.
To put it mildly, there were several repairs that needed to be made. Maybe you have the same kind of experience when you look in the mirror in the morning. Ask yourself, “How in the world could six hours do so much damage?”
Usually what you see in the mirror involves more than just information – “Oh man! Look at that skin! Look at that hair!” No, what we see is a need for transformation! We see what we really look like and go to work on it!
When God talks about His Word, He uses some interesting analogies. It’s a lamp, it’s a washing, it’s a hammer and it’s a mirror! God’s Word is supposed to have the same effect on our lives that a mirror has on our appearance!
Here’s how God describes it in James 1:22 and the verses that follow in God’s Word: “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 a man, who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom…not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”
That’s a great picture. One man looks in the mirror, sees the work that needs to be done, and says, “Hmm – what do you know! and walks away looking the same. The other man sees what needs to be done and goes to work on it! So it is with each of us as we open our Bible and read what God has to say there. We’re supposed to read, not just for information, but for transformation.
It isn’t just about you reading the Bible; it’s about you letting the Bible read YOU! Until you’ve done that each day, you have missed the point of reading the Bible in the first place. It’s not just doing your Christian duty. Why look in the mirror if you’re not going to change anything? Why look in the Bible if you’re not going to change anything? Some people are working on a “Read through the Bible” program and that is a great exercise but remember, it’s not about how much you read – it’s about how much you obey!
There is nothing more vital to your following Christ than getting personal direction from Him each day through His Word. You may be reading the Bible, but are you letting the Bible read you? Before you read, ask God, the Author of what you’re about to read, to take His words and help you apply them to something specific that you know you’re going to face today.
Those verses in James talk about “not forgetting” what you discovered. So in order to do that keep a Jesus-journal where you write what you’re going to do differently today because of what you read. Remember, He said to do what it says, otherwise you are deceiving yourselves.
That is the road to spiritual consistency, to steady growth, and to experiencing the reality of Jesus every day. Look in God’s spiritual mirror every morning and do something about what God shows you in that mirror. If you do, I’ll guarantee you, you are going to be looking better all the time!