Remember the fairy tale where the wicked stepmother would ask:
Last Sunday in church the speaker taught from the book of James where James wrote:
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 someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
As I reflected on these words from James, I thought how often I look in the mirror. In the morning I look to see that my hair is in place. I use the mirror to help me as I put on face lotion and makeup. Depending on what my day brings, I may go back to the mirror to adjust my hair, put on lipstick or, if my husband and I are going on a date, to put on some earrings or other jewelry.
When I view myself in the mirror, if I see some hair sticking out-of-place, I get a comb and correct it. Or, when putting on makeup if I notice that I have put on too much eye shadow I get a tissue and make corrections. Fixing a scarf or a piece of jewelry I will use the mirror to make sure I get it just right.
In other words, I use the mirror to make sure I look my best before I venture out in the world – and make any corrections I feel are needed so that I do look my best. (Of course the older I get, I less I really like to look in the mirror. Seeing my reflection, I sometimes wonder :
James, I believe is telling us that God’s Word should work like a mirror for us in our spiritual life. As we read God’s Word if we see areas in our life that need a spiritual adjustment, we should make that correction. Just as we would not look in the mirror, see our hair was a mess and walk away without fixing it, so we need to let God’s Word show us those areas where we need to draw closer to Him.
I think our question should not be:
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
Rather, it should be: