Effectuality of the Word of God as our Mirror
Posted by Beth Issler on May 11, 2009
The promise is that when we don’t forget what the Word of God has shown us, but act on it, this mirror gives freedom and our lives will be blessed. This is because this mirror is inspired, literally “God-breathed”, living and active. When we come to this mirror, we need to bring all of ourselves, not just our mind. We need to show up emotionally, ready to name our emotions in God’s sight and be ready to have Him help us to sort out our desires and longings. We need to show up psychologically by being ready to examine our motives, our broken places, our family structures, our coping strategies, our defense mechanisms and our sins. Spiritually we need to see how we have pleased God and how we have grieved Him and submit to his chastening and his cure for our souls. Relationally, we need to know that he is our friend, our lover, our companion, our brother & father. The heart of the Christian faith is this developing relationship. Christianity is the only religion based on personal relationship with a personal God who became flesh.
Some examples of what I mean: Matt. 7:3-5: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Jesus is making the point that what is so glaringly obvious to us in others might very well be our own issue as well. Therefore, in order not to be a hypocrite, we should examine our own lives to see whether the Spirit is telling us something about ourselves – we may be picking out a small fault in others (sawdust) when we should be taking care of a much larger problem in ourselves (a log in our eye!).
Luke 12:13-15 – “Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
This man had a hidden agenda by asking Jesus to tell his brother to do what was considered right in that culture. He wasn’t so concerned with what was right so much as he was just greedy. Jesus exposes his hidden agenda and also refuses to become involved in the dispute. Also, this exchange reflects a lot of emotional energy on the part of the one requesting – he was willing to expose his brother publicly to scorn and ridicule in front of a prominent religious teacher in order to get what he wanted. Such a strong reaction tells us there is something deeply brewing in our hearts. Think of a time when you had an “over the top” reaction to something – these are always clues to where our hearts are not at peace and in need of Jesus’ healing.
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