A LOOK IN THE MIRROR
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered "Who is this person in the mirror?" We think in our minds that we should look a certain way and when we see ourselves we are like hmmmmm.... who is that. I know that the mirror unfortunately speaks more truth to us than our minds. It reveals the changes that we don't want to admit that may have happened over the years. We see a reflection of years of hurt, hard work, joy, and sacrifice. We continue to think if there is any way to go back and capture the things that we have lost. For some of us it may be our hair or body style, and for others it may be relationships and healing. The mirror truly reveals the things that have happened to us both physically and emotionally. No one knows what is going through the mind of the person on the other side of the reflection but you and God. Evil voices will continue to cause you to doubt and may even force you to create an alternate reality of why things look the way that they do. To be honest with you as well, there have been times when I was growing up that my closet friendship and the only one that could keep my secret was the one in the reflection. You can think about that one for a second. Yes, I talked to myself through the mirror and I guarantee that many of you have done so too. I know that I have tried through the reflection to make myself look more athletic, intelligent, and even practicing dancing and singing to make sure I didn't look to much of a loser... and guess what I wasn't in my eyes.
But today I want to really ask what do you see when you look in the mirror? What are the scars, physically and emotionally, that are revealed when you wake up each day and see what only you can see? I know that in a fun house we really do have the ability to see things
the way we want to see them. We have the chance to find the mirror that makes us look exactly how we want to see ourselves. For example, short people find the mirrors that make them tall or people challenged by weigh find the mirror that makes them skinny. They seek to find something that makes them look like they want to see themselves, but the fact is
those are all illusions or lies that satan is able to use to cause us to question or doubt who we were created to be by God. Mirror can tell stories of the past and helps us to remember the times that are forever ingrained in our eyes and faces. Mirrors give us a chance to really see what others see and to find confidence in the masterpiece that God created and stop listening to the lies sputtered by others who are just as uncomfortable with what they see in the mirror. They live by the motto if I don't feel good about myself, I can make others feel worse so that my condition is covered by creating scars for others. The time has really come for us to stand firm and accept the person that we see and realize that God has not made junk but something beautiful and unique that is captured by a moving image found in a mirror.
I really don't think that it is a coincidence that James uses this example of a mirror when he is talking to us in the scripture today. James is able to equate our ability to read the WORD of God and discern the ability that we have to apply to our every day lives to how we look in a mirror and completely forget what we see. If we don't like what we read and what we are called to do than it is easier for us to just choose not to accept it. The same is true if we don't like what we see in the mirror. We will just choose to say that that is not us and not accept our image. See I just need to let everyone know that answer is not an option. If we read something in the WORD that is a foundational teaching from God we cannot choose to say I am not going to follow God's Word here but hold others' feet to the fire when they are stepping out of line in another area. We have to be willing to accept the WORD as a foundational teaching from God and use it to make it through this world. When we begin to pick and choose the things we will or will not follow, we begin to set standards that we are in control and will not except the truth as reality. I hope I said that right. God's Word was established as a way to help us to navigate through the struggles in this world and not just something that is mentioned to try and do. And hear me too, I know that there are different contexts for some of the lessons that were written that would not apply to us today. But the foundational teachings laid out by God through human writers was meant to be the cornerstone of our belief. We cannot forget that murder is a sin just because a friend of ours murders someone. We cannot think that stealing doesn't matter because it was just a piece of gum and not a bank. It is all in the intention of why we do what we do, and mostly that intention leads back to sin.
So today I just want to ask you again what do you see when you look in the mirror? What stories can be told through the scars and the wrinkles of wisdom?
Read this very bad poem that I wrote to sum up our lesson for today call "The Mirror". What battles are you fighting that tell you are not worthy to stand and what lies have you accepted that makes you believe your story's not in God's plan. It comes back to making the Word of God part of our focus. A living mirror to correct, direct and to teach us. A monitor for choices and a guide for our lives. A Book filled with answers even when struggles may arise. A place to find peace and assurance from sin to be freed, because a Savior came down and knew exactly what we need. A foundation to stand on and a rock on which to build, in hopes that a world through God's love in their hearts would be filled. The mirror will continue to tell the story of our soul and I pray.. yes I pray for eternity with Jesus to be our goal. God's Word is the platform in which we should stand, now and forever with God taking our hand. What you see is what you get is a lie we have accepted, but what God saw through the mirror and put together should never be neglected. The mirror shows just how we are all beautifully and wonderfully made, each blemish...each scar tells the story of our lives that Jesus saved. The Mirror... by Dr. Jason P. Wade 2/5/21