The Bible as a Mirror . . .
The Bible as a Mirror . . .
How ill-equipped would you feel if no mirror existed in your home? I already know the answer. You would go right out and buy some. So would I. But some people are so narcissistic that they look in a mirror way too much. Looking at themselves is their chief joy. But some don't look enough, and evoke unflattering comments from people who see them, including . . . poorly arranged hair, poorly matched colors of clothing.
The Bible says,
". . . man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the Lord looketh on the heart." I Samuel 16:7b (KJV)
This tells us that our outward appearance is important to people, and we should give reasonable attention to that, but it is not the most important thing. The inward beauty in the heart of a person is most important. And that inward beauty of the heart will radiate through the countenance of the person, without their having to rely on things as make-up, hair style, and clothing. Outward appearance often is used as a cover-up of who we really are. It is like a veil that hides the person we really are. But as a believer in Jesus, we must openly acknowledge the truth of that hymn, which says, "I'm only a sinner, saved by grace." We begin to radiate the beauty of our Lord when we remove the veil.
"But we all, with open face beholding
as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
John 1:14 tells us that His disciples beheld His glory when He became flesh and dwelt among them. His glory was full of grace and truth. When we look in the Bible mirror of Him, we can see the same thing. But we are cautioned in James 1:23-24 (KJV), "For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was." We must remember what we saw, and go and do likewise; not just hear and forget.
And when we heed what the Bible mirror shows us, we maintain an adequate supply of the grace and truth of Jesus in our own life, which radiates through our countenance.
Let's spend time looking in the Bible mirror, and obeying what the Holy Spirit teaches us there.
Andrew (Andy) Johnson
Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)
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