A peddler stood in the city square and shouted, “My merchandise can change your life!” A crowd quickly gathered and the peddler displayed a cart full of mirrors “Preposterous!” cried the crowd. “How can mirrors change our lives?” Most of the people scoffed and walked away. But three women stayed to take a closer look and to hear more. Each finally decided to buy a mirror.
The first woman bought a small, fancy mirror. “I don’t want to look at myself,” she thought as she walked home. ‘This mirror will have to change my life from another room,” she thought as she mounted it in an unused room where it was soon covered by dust and cobwebs. “I’ll not waste my time looking at that mirror. It will have to change my life as I go through with my daily activities,” said the second woman as she mounted her mirror in the hallway where she occasionally glanced at it on her way in and out.
“If this mirror is to change my life,” thought the third woman, “I must see it as much as possible.” She mounted her mirror in her bedroom and stared deeply into it each morning. Soon, she began to notice when her hair was out of place and would brush it. She saw old make-up on her face and washed it away. She noticed when her clothing was torn and mended them.
Soon others noticed the woman who was using her mirror. She was invited to teas, visited by her friends and courted by the most eligible bachelor in town. She would eventually marry him. By and by, she met the other two women who had bought mirrors. They were still unchanged. “We all bought the life changing mirrors,” the two said, “but our lives haven’t been changed like yours has. Why?” The changed woman smiled, “It’s all in how you use the mirror,” she said. “The more often you see yourself the way you are, the more you are able to change into who you want to be.”
THE LESSON! Think of one of the mirrors as the Bible. The first woman represents the kind of person who buys a Bible just to say they have one. The second woman symbolizes the person who has a huge family Bible on the coffee table so that those who see will think she is a religious person. But, the third woman stands for the Christian who reads and studies God’s Word to learn what is wrong with her life and sees how to change it. I believe that is what James 1:23 is saying. 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. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
In Christ, Bro. Barry