by Eric Dunbar
If you are a believer in the word of God, when you look in a mirror, you should remember how you look when you walk away from it. As beloved children of God, our Father desires that we be doers of His word and not just hearers. Therefore, it is important that you remember how you look when you leave the presence of the King. There are so many great and wonderful promises written in the word of God for our instruction, to help us live a fulfilled life. But just like someone who looks in a mirror, we immediately forget how we look as soon as we close the Bible.
On Sunday mornings we get all happy as we enter into the presence of the Lord. We drop our problems off at the sanctuary door, relieving ourselves of the cares and worries of this life as we enter into the presence of God in praise and worship. When the sermon is delivered, we gladly receive the word of God. But then something happens as we leave the safety of the sanctuary. Those problems that we dropped off at the door of the sanctuary are still there, waiting. They follow us back into our individual worlds from which we came. And then, when Satan’s workers of iniquity – be they demonic forces or the people whom he uses to accomplish his will – begin to slap us around, immediately, we forget how we look!
“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.” (James 1:23-24)
What should you see when you look at yourself in a mirror? The word of God says “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Not only will you be saved from God’s wrath that will soon be poured out on the earth, but you will experience the fullness of life while you are here on the earth (John 10:10).
So don’t forget how you look. If you look at the natural you through your supernatural eyes you ought to see what God sees – His Son. Wait a minute Eric, are you telling me that when I look at myself in a mirror that I should see Jesus? That’s not exactly what I’m saying. I’m saying that when God looks at you He sees His Son.
The Bible says “…as He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). So when you look in a mirror don’t see yourself as you are. See yourself as Jesus is. Don’t see yourself sick, because as He is, so are you in this world; Jesus is not sick, and neither are you. Don’t see yourself poor, because as He is, so are you in this world; Jesus is not poor, and neither are you. Don’t see yourself depressed, because as He is, so are you in this world; Jesus is not depressed, and neither are you. Don’t see yourself addicted to drugs, because as He is, so are you in this world; Jesus is not addicted, and neither are you. See yourself as God sees you and when you walk away from the mirror remember how you look and nothing will be impossible for you.