Jean Jefferson - Airdrie Special Meetings - Evening Meeting, 2006

Hymn 6, “When I Survey”


James 1:22-25, “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, 'ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS IMPUTED UNTO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS,' and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.  Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?” 


We read of the disobedience of Jonah when God told him, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city and cry against it…” but Jonah ran away in another direction and ended up in the belly of the fish.  God wanted him to help Nineveh, but perhaps God was also focusing in on what was wrong in Jonah’s heart; what was hindering him.  Perhaps something needed to be changed, something needed to be corrected.  We could be like Jonah today, trying to tidy our hair in a picture hanging on the wall and not getting a true picture of our self.  God gave that man a true picture that day.


To break a mirror, or remove it from the wall, doesn’t destroy what is in us.  Today, Jesus holds the mirror of His word up to us and perhaps we don’t like what we see because it shows us our true reflection.  We see ourselves and what is behind us, and before us are the possibilities of change.  In spite of what it costs us, if we are committed, He will help us change ourselves.  Jesus held the mirror of His word up to those who condemned Him that day on the cross but they didn’t see themselves. 

Today, we are shocked by what we see in God’s mirror.  We see our past and our failures and are so thankful we can look beyond them and see our possibilities in Christ.  It gives us reassurance and encourages us that these changes can be made in us.  The brass laver that stood in the centre of the courtyard of the temple was used as a looking glass for the ladies.  Inside the laver was the water used for cleansing.  May God’s word help us use the mirror of His word daily and be cleansed and may we be willing to make the necessary changes in our life.