Consider James 1:25: “the man who looks intently into the perfect law” (full text:
). The word “look” in Greek means “to stoop down and gaze in”. It’s the word used when Peter went to the tomb on resurrection Sunday when he stooped down and peeked in. He investigated. What I understand from this verse is that by looking into the Word of God we are to imitate the image that we see.
There are two ways you can look at a mirror. You can gaze at it or you can glance at it. All of us have done both. It’s human nature that you can’t walk by a mirror and not look at it. When you glance at it, you immediately walk away and forget what you’ve seen. It didn’t do you any good. But when you take more time in front of a mirror, your goal is to correct the image you see of yourself.
If we gaze with the intent to become like Jesus, who alone is the perfect law of love and our savior, then we have looked rightly. We should go to the “mirror” of God’s words often! “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV). Now it’s true that “we have this treasure in jars of clay”, but that is “to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV).
So, how do we our gaze at Christ and His Word and promises? Intently? Often? May the Holy Spirit lead you to “follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)