“When I look in the mirror…”
Welcome to day 1 of our 30 day journey together. I remember the first time I saw this video by the skit guys probably 7 or 8 years ago, God used it powerfully in my life. Over the years, I’ve probably watched it hundreds of times, and God uses it to convict me in a different way every single time. So, for the next 30 days (at least) any time we think of Tommy, we ought to put our name in his place. He says so many things that you and I have said. So, we are going to break down the video into 30 days and evaluate the scripture behind the script.
22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
When I wake up in the morning, and especially before I walk out the door, I’m sure to visit a mirror. That piece of glass hanging on my wall does me a great service by revealing the areas where I need to make some changes, adjustments, and most often: improvements! And James chapter 1 says that God’s Word is our spiritual mirror. It reveals to us the things in us that we would never have discovered on our own.
Now, I love to people watch. One of the best places to do this is at the mall. Here’s why: Nearly every store’s entrance is entirely made of glass! As people of all shapes and sizes walk by, they cannot help but take notice in the beautiful display… no, not the clothes behind the glass, but that good lookin’ devil reflected on the glass. You’ll know that is the case by the facial expression to follow that says, “oh yeah…I look GOOD today.” Some others have been known to discover their fly was down or their hair was messed up. Then, as if no one else even existed, they will begin to hilariously make the necessary adjustments as they gaze into the glass.
Friend, so many of us are like the first example. When we are feeling down, we’ll grab the Bible mirror and pray a prayer something to the tune of “mirror mirror on the wall, who’s God’s favorite child of all?” We read our favorite encouraging Psalm to boost our confidence, and like Fonz from Happy Days, we set the mirror down and say “heyyyy” because we’re happy with how we look.
So, how do we tap into this mirror’s reflective ability?
1. “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty…” STUDY IT.
2. “and continueth therein…” STAY IN IT.
3. “he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work…” SURRENDER TO IT.
1. God, when I open up your word, please speak to me.
2. Father, help me to recall the things that you say during my day.
3. Lord, give me opportunities to be obedient to your word today.