James chapter 1 says, ‘There’s going to be trouble, but don’t blame God, draw close to him. In fact, trouble can do you good if you think about it.’
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)
A young man who went on a first date and didn’t notice his tee shirt was on backwards. He hadn’t look in the mirror closely enough before he went out. He made assumptions and later felt foolish. Gaze intently into scripture and ask questions. Allow scripture to look intently into you and change your thinking and actions.
In some gyms the mirrors have pictures of fit people to compare your reflection with, to spur you on.
In Matthew 19:16-22 we find the story of the rich young man, who asked Jesus how to gain eternal life. What he heard in reply was truth about himself reflected back from Jesus. In the same way, we should be a reflection of Jesus and provoke a reaction in others.
Do you look intently into the mirror of God’s word? Do you remember who you really are? Does your presence in the world change it?
[based on a sermon by John Rogers at Pantygwydr Baptist Church]