James 1: 23-24 says, “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.”
We use mirrors to see how we look. This self-assessment can boost our confidence when we are looking good. It presents also an opportunity to make adjustments when necessary. How would you view someone who forgets what he looks like immediately after checking himself in the mirror? He would be deemed worse than someone without a mirror because of his inability to capitalize on a good chance. Such a man forfeits the purpose of looking in the mirror in the first place. His confidence (or a lack of it), will be based on assumptions. He may feel insecure even while there is no reason to worry and vice versa. On the other hand, if there are flaws in his appearance, he may not correct it despite his ability to, because of his lack of knowledge – a prerequisite to gaining understanding and to applying wisdom.
Recently, during a church service, a friend called my attention to the price tag on my jumper. A purposeful moment in front of the mirror would have saved me from distracting innocent worshippers as well as the awkwardness of pulling the tag off in church.
Simply put, it is absolutely priceless to evaluate ourselves in the light of God’s word. Such efforts will boost our confidence in Him, point us to where we need adjustments, and help us avoid embarrassment. A clown who is craving for attention may take lightly the mistakes in the way he dresses. He can be satisfied being the object of a comedic video on youtube. When we refuse to do what the Word of God says, we can’t escape the opinion of other people, which, at times, can be very subjective and lacking in terms of grace.