When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you stand there observing yourself? Do you move closely to the mirror and examine yourself, to see if there are any blemishes, spots or marks that you need to fix? Or do you just take a quick glance and then turn away?
James wrote about a man looking at himself in the mirror. This person represents a hearer of the Word. He looks at himself, observes himself, goes away and forgets what he observed. He is a forgetful hearer. He hears the Word but does not do it. So, the Word is not in him.
The person forgets what kind of person he was. It is like the person observes himself, sees what he sees but does nothing about the changes that he needs to make. It is like a person hearing the Word of God and does not make the changes that it brings to light.
Are you a hearer only or a doer as well? When you study God’s Word and it points out something in your life that you need to change, do you act or do you simply turn a blind eye? Do you refuse to see yourself as you really are? James says that the man views his natural face. There is nothing to cover up what is there in plain sight. He sees his natural self with all of its flaws. This is what the Word of God points out. It shows us our true selves in all of our unattractiveness and imperfections and calls for us to do something to change this.
Today, take a closer look at your life and be honest with yourself. See things as they really are. Don’t deceive yourself. That is like trying to cover up a blemish on your face. It might not be visible but it’s still there and won’t go away until you apply to proper treatment. Like the mirror, the Word is there to reveal things about ourselves that we need to address. And once we start making the necessary changes, we will be transformed and we will like what we see when we look in the mirror.