I just enjoyed my roasted corn, crunching it one after the other until I was really satisfied. I had an appointment to catch up with, so I quickly got dressed, picked up my bag and walked out of the house. Beautifully dressed to the glory of God, my sister had to give me some shots.
Smiling freely with my teeth greeting the camera, I posed for my snap shots. Click, click… The job was done! We quickly went over to the gallery to view the pictures. Wow! They were beautiful. Then I zoomed out one so as to have a more broad view, and then something caught my eye.
Standing on one of my tooth was this black spot. I looked again. Really? I just realized that a particle of my roasted corn stuck to my tooth, refusing to go down my throat with the others.
Oh why! My beautiful photo was ruined!
Had I properly used my mirror, not just casting a glance, but really allowing it to give me an image of every part that needs to be checked, I would have discovered that particle and picked it out of my tooth. My picture would have not been ruined.
That taught me to make a more thorough use of my mirror.
Now, there is a mirror that gives a deeper reflection of oneself (body, soul and spirit) much more than a glass mirror does.
It is a divine mirror – the BIBLE. The bible is a God-inspired, life-transforming manual given to mankind. It is a book that anyone seeking to live a radiant life must use as a mirror for everyday living.
The Image in the Mirror
When you stand in front of a mirror, what do you do after you see a reflection of your image in it? You fix your hair properly, adjust your dress, remove any unwanted particle that may be standing here and there, and a lot others, right?
However, a lot of people who profess belief in the bible as God’s word do not use it as a mirror.
Some of the wrong approach to the bible includes:
- As a basket of fruits – I pick the ones I want and leave the ones I don’t.
- As a list of rules filled with unrealistic dos and don’ts – I can’t keep up with all that.
- As an old fashioned/outdated commentary – this is 21st century and hence, they are not applicable.
- Studying it when one feels like or has some time to spare – I am very busy.
- Drawing a “no trespassing” line – You can touch this area of my life, but this other one; no, no, no…
You know, treating the bible this way is the one big reason we see lots of people live a marred, dirty, unfruitful life.
2 Tim 3:16 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.
You get the point, “all scripture” – not the one I like, or the one my pastor preaches, or the one I think suits our present time. It is given to us not just to pat our backs, but for reproof, correction, instruction…
More than our glass mirror does – show us the image, and then we deal with fixing it ourselves – the bible both shows us the image and guides us on how we can make that image perfect.
God is omniscience (knows everything/unlimited in knowledge), while we humans are limited in knowledge. That’s the reason we have to always seek counsel from Him through His word, as well as yield ourselves to Him so He can shape our lives and make it indeed – RADIANT.
We need to take the bible as not just a book of rules, or a religious dogma, or better still a book to just go read and claim all the promises in there, but a book that shows us who we are, and graciously guides us on how to put our lives in place.
Let the Bible be Your Life Mirror
How to do that –
- Mine own copy: One of the obvious possessions of most girls is a mirror. Different sizes and for different places – the bedroom, the bathroom, a little one to be carried around in the handbag, you could add to the list… We know the importance of having a mirror around us; how much more the divine mirror that actually makes our lives beautiful from inside-out. Sadly, a lot of girls do not have even one copy of the bible. So I want to encourage you dear friend, if you don’t have a bible, please quickly go and get one. In fact, you could get more than one – a study bible, a small one you could carry around, and even a soft copy in your smart phone, tab, iphone… I wish I could explain enough how indispensable this is. I mean, we can’t even talk about a Radiant Walk without having the map/guide for that walk. (Wondering which version to buy? I love the King James Version, so you could try it out. I’m sure you’ll love it).
- Incorporate it into your daily life: We girls use the mirror everyday; in fact, a number of times a day. When getting dressed, when leaving the house, even as you pass by a glass window or door – we are always checking up ourselves to be sure everything is in place (without being obsessed). We should make the bible a big part of our lives more than we even do with our mirrors. First thing in the morning, last thing before going to bed, during the day – while waiting for something or someone, or at any free time (the much we can). Let it not be a book for the shelf, but an intricate part of your everyday life. [Joshua 1:8].
- Read it: To get the treasures buried in that book, the bible, we need to open it and read. There are different ways to actually start doing that systematically/daily – using a devotional, a bible reading plan (chronologically or book study), or you could just quickly start with studying the book of “John” (it’s a good start). As you read it, you’ll see the image of who you are, and who God want you to become. [Psalm 119:105]
- Reflect on it: After reading, we are to meditate on what we have read. As we do that, the Lord points out areas of our lives in which what we read needs to be applied. [1 Tim 4:15]
- Obey it: As the Lord through His words (the divine mirror) directs us on areas of our lives that needs to be amended, or what to pick up and drop, we should – JUST OBEY. We shouldn’t give excuses, or see it as impossible or ridiculous, or out dated, and hence put it off or adjust it to suit us. There are blessings that comes with explicitly obeying God’s word, as well as punishment with disobedience. [John 13:17 ]
- Represent it to others: 2 Corinth 3:2 says, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. There are lots of people who do not read the bible, or have one, or do not even believe what is written in it. We therefore should be their epistles (written message), bible, mirror, and representatives of the word and way of the Lord.
If ye are in Christ Jesus, “Ye are the light of the world” (Mtt 5:14), therefore, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Mtt 5:16).
NB: To be in Christ Jesus, you have to turn away from all sins and make Him the Lord and Saviour of your soul. Take these steps to salvation –
- Acknowledge that you are a sinner (For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God – Rom 3:23)
- Believe that Jesus loves you and can save you from all sins (But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us- Rom 5:8).
- Confess all your sins to Him in prayers (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9).
- Decide to follow Jesus, and diligently obey His word always (Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me – Rev 3:20)
If you just did that, CONGRATULATIONS! May God keep and preserve you.