The Word of God reveals what we are on the inside, just as a mirror reveals what we are on the outside. When Christians read and study the Word, they begin to shift their vision to see less of what is on the outside and more of what God sees.
When God looks at you, He sees someone He loves unconditionally. You are not ordinary or average—you are a one-of-a-kind original! God designed you exactly the way He wanted and every little part of you matters. Realize that because you belong to Him, you are extremely important. You are His masterpiece, fearfully and wonderfully made.
In our last class, we looked in the mirror. Whose mirror did you see yourself from? Yours or God’s? Self-examination in the mirror can be difficult, but self-examination of our hearts can be even harder. Spend time in prayer and ask God to help you see your real reflection.
We also talked about how the Bible is our mirror. In James 1:22-24, we read that if we hear the Word but let it travel in one ear and out of the other, we are not listening and digesting what God’s Word says. Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
It’s important that we open our Bibles daily, and maintain a routine that involves developing a more intimate relationship with The Lord. It isn’t about just reading the Bible for the sake of reading it. Rather, we must allow ourselves time to meditate on the Word in order to draw comfort, strength, wisdom, guidance and love. James also adds that the Word is not just for an occasional Sunday morning visit—we must read and live in it daily.
Most women carry a compact mirror in their purse to frequently look at themselves in order to make sure everything is in its proper place. What happens if you look in the mirror and see blueberries in your teeth? Do you ignore what you see, and then close the mirror without cleaning your teeth? Hopefully not. We use the mirror to check our reflection, and if we notice something wrong, we address it.
We need to do the same with the Word of God—look at it daily so we can check our spiritual reflection. When we meditate and place God’s word in our hearts, it changes our image from the inside out. It changes how we see our reflection in the mirror. We use the compact mirror to make ourselves presentable to man, and we use the Bible to make ourselves presentable to God.
BIG Idea: Internalizing and putting into practice the Word of God is what transforms us into what we see in God’s mirror—our real reflection.
By faith, we must stretch ourselves past the reflection we see, and have complete faith that God has a vision and a plan for us—one that far exceeds our obstructed view.
- What is James saying that we all need to do in order to be transformed through God’s Word?
- We use the mirror to check our reflection, and if we notice something wrong, we address it. When you see yourself being negative do you address it with God’s Word?
- What do you do daily to help you stay in the Word? Do you do attend one of the CS Women’s weekly studies? Participate in an online Bible study? Are you part of a LIFEgroup? Attend the Single Moms group? Share what you do to stay connected with The Word.