As women we tend to use a mirror to assess deficiencies, to scope how we fall short in appearance. We use parenting articles, input from health professionals and feedback from loved ones as mirrors as well, determining how we are measuring up.
It’s no wonder we interpret James 1:23-24 likewise: “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.” We tend to read this verse as though God is highlighting our sin and then admonishes us to rectify targeted deficiencies...
...but what if God is really asking us to take greater notice of our true identity?
After all, verse 18 reads: "He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created."
Something new, something beautiful, His own creation.
Who am I really in God?
Wouldn’t that view impact my thoughts and behaviors far more dramatically than faultfinding and reproaching? God likens our gaze into a mirror to looking intently into the perfect law that gives freedom!
Our true reflection, when we remember what we see, will bring blessing in all that we do.