Think about your day today. How many times have you checked yourself in the mirror? You probably did a few times in the morning while you were getting ready, and maybe a few times since then. Nobody only looks at themselves in the mirror just once a month, or even once a week.
And I’m not saying that’s bad; making sure we look physically presentable is part of having good stewardship of our bodies. But it’s important that we show the same kind of attention to our spiritual life, by examining ourselves in the mirror of God’s Word so that we can improve the things in our lives that aren’t up to par.
James 1:22-25—…don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 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.
God doesn’t forgive us so we would just listen to Him and wish that we could change. He is in the business of transformation; if we are willing to let Him, God will mold us into being more like Him. But we have to acknowledge that there are some parts of us that could use some work. God’s Word contains everything we need to know to live godly, purposeful lives.
First, take a look at your heart. Your heart is the core of who you are; it’s the essence of your being. What or who are you really serving? God designed humans in a way that only allows us to have an allegiance to one—we can’t be split between serving God and serving ourselves or the world. It’s one or the other. Look at your heart honestly and see if you are serving God with everything that you do.
Next, check your hands. What are your relationships like? Are you motivating each other to build the Kingdom of God, like Hebrews 10:24 tells us to do? Encourage the other people in your life to take action for the Kingdom, and ask them to do the same for you.
And finally, how are your feet? Jesus like Jesus, our purpose as the Church is to serve, not to be served. We’ve been given the responsibility to take the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the Earth; we’re not here to just exist until we die! We’re here for a Kingdom purpose. Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” No matter what other calling God has given us, we are all to share this Good News with the people we meet.
Don’t try to let a false mirror tell you that you’re doing fine when really your life is dull and unfocused. Check yourself in God’s mirror and work towards becoming sharper, more focused, and an active force for the Kingdom of God.