The Mirror

The Mirror

Anyone who listens to the word … looks at his face in a mirror

James 1:23

The whole point of looking in a mirror is to get a true image of yourself. What you see speaks back to you, it has a voice, it speaks a word. It says, ‘you are looking good today’ … or otherwise!

Whereas a tarnished mirror speaks an unclear ‘word’. It is an inaccurate reflection of who you are.

Everyone is looking for that elusive ‘talking mirror’ in which they see a reflection of their true self. One that affirms who they are, which resonates, because its ‘word’ explains who they are, what they believe and everything they do.

But life is full of ‘tarnished mirrors’ that can never resonate fully with God’s image in us. We look for ourselves in the ‘mirrors’ of politics, social media, celebrity lifestyles, philosophy and more. But all fail to be a true reflection of the person God has made us to be, until we find the only ‘untarnished mirror’ that reflects the true you.

God’s Word, the Bible, and its central character Jesus is that mirror. It reflects back who we are in Christ, our reason for being and the meaning of life. It speaks a clear, life-giving word that explains our human condition to us fully.

So, look into that mirror and heed it’s word. For, ‘Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 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 1:23-25)



Stephen Matthew is a gifted Bible teacher, author and committed church-builder with over 40 years of experience in Christian ministry.