“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” (James 1:23-24 NIV).
When was the last time you looked in a mirror? You probably look in one every day—maybe even multiple times a day! Why do you look in a mirror? We use it to evaluate our-self, then we do something about what we see.
The Bible says that God’s Word is like a mirror:
Just as a mirror reflects what we look like on the outside, God’s Word reflects what we are like on the inside.
Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word discerns your heart’s thoughts and intents. That’s a reason many people don’t read the Bible. They’re afraid to look into the mirror of God’s Word and see themselves as they really are.
If we are ready to use God’s Word as a mirror into our own soul, the book of James gives you three practical ways.
First, Read it.
But don’t just read it casually. Read it carefully, like the person in James 1:25 “who looks intently into the perfect law” (CSB). We all have just glanced into a mirror, walked quickly away, and forgotten all the details of what we had seen. But God wants us to spend time gazing into the mirror of his Word.
Second, Review it.
That same verse in James talks about the person who does not just look once into God’s Word but “continues to do so” (James 1:25 EHV). This person comes to God’s Word over and over. Jesus told his followers: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31 NRSV).
Third , Remember the Bible. James 1:25 talks about people who, after reading God’s Word, remember what they have heard. Nothing will do more for your spiritual life than developing the habit of memorizing Scripture. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (KJV).
Another way to remember God’s Word is by writing down what God teaches you. Hebrews 2:1 says, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” (KJV).
Next time God teaches us something during a sermon or a devotional time, write it down. Give it “earnest heed” so that it doesn’t slip away.
Remember that person who gazes in the mirror and then uses it to change himself? We can be that person when we reflect on God’s Word by reading, reviewing, and remembering it.Amen.