For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. James 1:23-25
Without a mirror we are only able to see othere; not ourselves. So it is for many Christians. They constantly see everyone else’s problems, and criticize other’s faults, but they never hold themselves to the same standard of inspection. God’s Word is a spiritual mirror that causes us to see our own faults and weaknesses. We should spend far more time in self-inspection than we do pointing our fingers at others.
We are all too inclined to use ourselves as the standard by which we judge others. We fail to use the word of God as a standard by which we judge ourselves. In doing so, we fail to see our own faults because we match our own standard perfectly. When we compare ourselves to what is actually in the Word of God, when we pause and see how it says we are to be, how we are to act, what we are to think about, how we are to motivated, what our hearts should be overflowing with; that puts things into perspective!
Challenge yourself this week, this month, this life, to read the Word with an eye towards self-inspection. Don’t get too caught up in yourself, but get caught up in what God has called you to be. Walk in out, live it out, and watch Him be faithful beyond measure!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your Word is a perfect reflection of Yourself. You expose Your very nature to us through Your Word. Help me seek You out, understand You and Your will. You have said that when I see You as You truly are, I will be changed to be like You. Start that process in me now! Let me see You as You truly are! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Further Reading: Isaiah 50:7