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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Tie (02/28/13)

TITLE: The Looking Glass
By Ramona Cook
03/02/13


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Never will I understand how so many of us look into the mirror and continue to be unkempt and untidy.

Adults and children are equally engaged in the interesting phenomena of perception, or maybe the lack thereof. One is left to wonder if we think we look alright, or we simply don’t care, or perhaps we think it doesn’t matter, or maybe we just think we are doing the best we can.

It certainly is true that what people “look” like physically is not all that important; however, there is a Scripture text that mentions a serious spiritual importance regarding the act of looking into ‘a mirror’ and then walking away and forgetting what we saw.

The Book of James contains this reference: James 1: 22-25; “But you are to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like unto a man looking at his face in a glass: for he sees himself, and then goes his way, and straightway forgets what he saw himself to be. But whoso looks into the Perfect Law of Liberty and continues therein, that one is not a forgetful hearer, but is rather a doer of the work; this man will be blessed in his doings.”

I must confess that for many years that particular section of verses did not compute for me. I do not venture an answer for why. In later years I heard a Preacher state it this way: “When we read the Bible and understand that our lipstick is smeared or our bow tie is on crooked, and yet we do not correct the wrong we noted, we are a hearer of the Word only, and not a doer of the Work.”

We have a problem in our culture today and it is a famine of the Word of God. How will any of us see our smeared lipstick or our crooked bow tie unless we are reading the Word?

Even then according to James, simply reading the Word will yield no benefit unless we correct the fault we see.

Adults and children are equally engaged in the interesting phenomena of perception, or maybe the lack thereof. One is left to wonder if we think we look alright, or we simply don’t care, or perhaps we think it doesn’t matter, or maybe we just think we are doing the best we can.

Whatever may be our opinion, it is significant to note that “Opinions are like noses, we all have one.” The test of what is right or wrong comes from what God has told us in His Word.

Let us immediately “fix” what we see wrong with ourselves as we hear the Lord from His Word, thereby becoming a doer of the work and consequently being blessed in the doing thereof.


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Judith Gayle Smith03/07/13
How absolutely true. I find I check the mirror far too often for cosmetic purposes than to keenly seek to see what God sees. It can oftimes be frightful, yes?
Beth LaBuff 03/12/13
Your message is relevant for us today. I appreciated your real-life example for the Biblical concept. Thank you!