An Accurate Reflection

My wife and I were having fun taking two of our grandkids to a children’s museum. The kids had a great time interacting with the various exhibits. On the top floor we came to a fun house that had various mirrors that distorted your reflection. The kids, their parents and even their grandparents enjoyed watching our bodies become short and squat, and then grow long and lean. We watched as the reflections showed distorted foreheads and earlobes. We even laughed as our fingers dragged on the floor. I am so glad that those mirrors did not give an accurate reflection of what we really looked like.

I know of one mirror that does give us an accurate reflection of who we really are. This mirror does not reflect our physical image but it accurately reflects who we are spiritually. It is the Word of God. James 1:23-25 tells us: “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does”.

James challenges us to look into the mirror of God’s Word carefully and view the changes that we need to make in our own lives. As we stick out our tongue do we see words that come out of our mouth that need to be kinder and sweeter? As we observe our eyes, are there things that we are viewing that we shouldn’t? As we take a look at our complexion, are there spots of sin and scabs of hurts that need to be healed? Does our overall spiritual life appear unkempt and sloppy? Perhaps we have just let ourselves go.

The mirror of God’s precious Word shows us what needs to be fixed. It gives us an accurate reflection to areas that need careful attention. One day we will stand before our Lord as a spotless bride (Eph. 5:26,27). Let’s look into the mirror of God’s Word to become more beautiful for Christ.

The Rev. Jim Stultz is pastor of Peace River Baptist Church in Punta Gorda. Email him at


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