James 1:23 - 24 (KJV) 23For 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: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall; who’s the fairest of them all?
Mirror, Mirror as I read; help me see the change I need!
Sometimes we forget the powerful purpose of the Word of God. When we look at ourselves through our study of the Bible, we see what God sees when He looks at us. I appreciate the daily look in the “mirror” of scripture. I don’t want to face the world without a daily “spiritual” makeover.
The preacher in our life is a great blessing. Occasionally we have a tendency to ignore the areas of our “spiritual look” that need adjusting. We look at ourselves and forget what changes we need Jesus Christ to make in us. Sometimes we convince ourselves that we've got "the look." However, when we have a preacher in our life, things are revealed through the Word of God that help us focus clearly on becoming more like Jesus.
Preach to me preacher. I don’t want to look in the mirror of the Bible and deceive myself. Give me the Word that challenges and changes me. Don’t tell me what you think I want to hear. Show me what I need to walk in the will of God everyday.
We are living in a generation when some no longer want to listen to sound and wholesome instruction from the preacher. People want to follow their own desires and they look for preachers that tell them what they want to hear.
Many forsake truth and chase fantasies. They want a “word” that says, “I’m the fairest of them all.” I want a word that transforms me. I crave preaching that provokes me to see what God sees; not just His grace that forgives me, but His truth that frees me.
2 Timothy 4:1 - 4 (KJV) 1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.