“Mirror Image”

This weeks mediation:  “Mirror Image”
Read: James 1:19-25

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon once told a story about his visit to a nice restaurant. He said as he ate he kept noticing a rather angry looking man across the dining room who scowled at him every time he looked his way. Finally Spurgeon decided to go over and speak to the man to see what his problem was. However, as he stood up he realized that what he had been seeing was his own reflection in mirrors that lined the walls across the room.

It’s hard to beleive that Spurgeon could not recognize himself in that situation but it’s a great example of what often happens to us when life takes off at warp speed.  We easily forget what we are reflecting to those around us.  In verse 22 of this passage James says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”

He then goes on to talk about a person who sees themself in a mirror but then walks away and forgets what they look like.  My memory is pretty short but I would like to think it is longer than that.  What James is trying to say is that we must take our prayers, our reading of God’s Word, and our times of worship with us as we go out the door each day.

When we put our faith into action it has the potential to reflect Christ to others even when a mirror is not present.  In fact you are the mirror! Remember that as you head out to work and other events this week.  It’s not as important that people remember what you look like on the outside as it is that they remember the characteristics of Christ they see reflected in your life.

Make it personal:  Pick one Christ-like characteristic to focus on this week.  Make sure that it is being reflected in all your interactions with other people this week.  Next week pick another one, and the week after that another one.  The Lord will bless you in this as verse 25 proclaims!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life