Whenever people walk past reflective surfaces (like mirrors, windows, etc), there’s an almost universal temptation to sneak a quick peek at themselves- to check for stray hairs, loose threads, and other inconsequential important things. Most people (like me) capitulate to this temptation 😅.
Mirrors have to be one of the most important “inventions” ever. Almost everyone uses one. Mirrors help us see how we look and help us make “fashion” decisions.
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. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed
The Word of God shows us who God is. It shows us what He has done, and how He did them. But perhaps most importantly, God’s Word shows us (believers) who we are in Him. The Bible is God showing us His image and likeness, as our own image and likeness now. In essence, the Bible is that special kind of mirror that does not show us as we see ourselves but shows us as God sees us, every time we look into it.
Unfortunately, many of us behold this image, and we straightway forget what we looked like. We forget what God has called us. In the hustle and grind of life, we tend to lose focus of the identity God has given us, and gradually become people even we ourselves can’t recognize.
Every person who has had the sin nature put to death, and has received the life of God through faith in Jesus Christ, now has the image and likeness of God. The Word of God is how we understand and learn to walk in this Image and likeness.
2 Corinthians 3:18
“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.”
The more we look Into the perfect law of liberty, and understand, and walk in the Word we have heard and know, the more we’re gradually transformed into who God calls us. The more we turn into that glorious image we see when we hold up the Word of God before us.