There is an old line in Snow White where the evil witch looks in the mirror. Her statement is actually “Magic mirror, on the wall – who is the fairest one of all?” Speaking to the mirror she was wanting the mirror to tell her she was the fairest in the land. Having great beauty herself, she was sure she would be told by the Magic Mirror that she was the fairest in the land. But alas, the mirror spoke truth to her and ruined her inner image of herself as being the most beautiful person. It identified Snow White as that maiden who was fairest of them all. In an attempt to make the words of the mirror fit her life, she concocted the plan to destroy Snow White and thus take her place.
There are many lessons we can learn from this and many springboards to teach Godly lessons from lie in the various events. What I want to talk about today is how God’s Word is like a mirror to us. One where we can look to judge ourselves and correct deficiencies.
When we look in the mirror, we see ourselves not as other see us but even in a more critical eye. We see the flaw of nature, flaws of age, flaws of neglect and undesirable qualities that most others overlook in us. And that is a good thing. We look at how we can make our appearance look better, more pleasing to others as well as ourselves and by doing so, we gain more confidence.
We should approach the Word of God the same way. Too often, we use it not as a mirror but a microscope to look into the lives of others and use it to judge and sometimes even condemn them. Someone that is lost doesn’t need to be seen through a microscope, their fruit is evident for the world to see usually. We should use the Word to learn how to interact with others, our brothers and sisters in Christ, the lost, the people we meet every day, how should we act toward them?
Christ taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer, not specific words necessarily, but in thought and practice. One of the things he taught was on forgiveness. In Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([a]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [b]given up resentment against) our debtors. (Amplified Bible)
When I was in college at Samford University, I had the pleasure to sit under Dr. Austin Dobbins, Chair of the English Department for a couple of classes. To say he was hard is an understatement. There were only 2 grades in the class. Mid-terms and Finals. Finals counted more as they should. Each exam was written and to whom much had been given, much was required and he sure had given us a lot. We wrote and we wrote and we wrote. There were 2 grades on each test. One for Content and the other for Composition. I nearly always got a good grade for Content and not so good on Composition. My paper looked like it had been in a hand to hand battle with a couple of Ninjas with knives. We didn’t have spell check or grammar checkers .. it was all hand written on the spot. Even trying to correct them myself was futile.
I went to Dr. Dobbins and asked if there was anything I could do. He told me that his papers might look as bad or worse than mine. He explained he had to get his wife to go over all of his writings and proof them for grammatical errors. He said it was impossible for him to proof read his own works because he would make the same mistake over and over.
Life is sort of like that. When we try to correct our lives in our own effort, we wind up continually making the same mistake over and over. We look at ourselves and too often find the flaws acceptable. We allow in ourselves what we would never tolerate in others. We miss the flaws and accept them as normal. If we take our flaws to the Word, too often we try to make the Word fit our lives, not our lives fit the word.
God’s Word can be like a mirror, a place for us to see what we are as opposed to what God would like for us to be. At some point, we have to let the Mirror Mirror talk to us. No, God’s Word is NOT a magical mirror as in Snow White. But it is far more powerful than that. It is the power to salvation, to healing, to prosperity, to be able to accept our brethren. It is the power to change.
Matt 7: 8 “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
9 “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?”
10 “Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?”
11 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” KJV
Here is the Amplified Bible verson of the 12th verse.
Matthew 7:12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
Not only do we need to be concerned about how we treat others, we must also be concerned about how we serve others as well. What have you done for others in your life? Sure, you might be kind and talkative but when was the last time you spent all day helping some poor widow overcome many of her difficulties? When is the last time you went to a Nursing Home or VA hospital and just sat and talked with the patients there? Do you have any idea how lonely they are in their condition?
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
This is the clear teaching of the Parable of the Sower that Jesus taught his followers. Yes, as we go through life, we are sowing seed and some of that seed is a good crop while other seed is not so good. Those are the actions we do in our relationship with others. As a man soweth, so shall he reap. Do you sow contention? Do you sow discord? Do you sow lonliness? Or do you sow the Gospel of Christ to the lost? So healing to the sick, lame and blind? Do you so companionship to the lonely? Sow food to the hungry? This is what Jesus meant when speaking of treasure.
Matthew 6:19-21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
19 Do not [a]gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.
20 But [b]gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;
How many have spent more time at the mall than you have with the widows and orphans of your community? How many have bought lavish gifts for family and friends and have shown little compassion for the men, women and children who are homeless and hungry? These are the seeds we are sowing and as we sow, that shall we reap. The emphasis on this life versus the life here after is what we are talking about. This life is temporal. The life here after is eternal. The seeds we sow in this life not only determine the crop we will reap in this life, but also will impact the Judgment of the Believers, where the Crowns of Life, the Gold Stars, the Attaboys are handed out. Our reward is based on how well we have lived up to what Jesus taught and where we have placed our treasure.
Mirror Mirror on that wall, who is the biggest giver of them all? Giver of money, time, prayer, thought, teaching, caring, just being a friend. God’s mirror may not be as much fun as the Magic Mirror of Snow White, but it is far more rewarding. We must be honest with ourselves. Being honest with each other will take care of itself once we have that mastered.
Jesus taught us there were two great commandments. That all other commandments, the Law and the Prophets all were derived from them.
Matthew 22:36-40King James Version (KJV)
To love thy neighbor as thyself, you must first learn to love yourself. You can best find that in God’s word. Using God’s Word as a mirror, we can learn to become the people God meant us to be. May we take heed to what God has to say to us.
May God bless the reading of this teaching. Amen!
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