John 1:23-24 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”
To me, that sounds like a great way to say don’t be two-faced! Christ was “THE” parable-speaker and I want to emulate Him, but I’m no parable writer.
I can make correlations at times though and here’s what I want to say this morning: If I go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays and I’m there when I have an opportunity to “stand up and be noticed” that’s fine. But then, if I go out into the world and show my “other face” with quick temper, cruel language, lewd behavior, and generally a disregard for the word; If I decide I’m too busy to fellowship and be in the word on the other days of the week, I may have a problem, especially if I choose to hide this behavior when I’m around my church friends.
Now, suppose that I acknowledge that I am a struggling Christian and I am working on my walk by being in bible studies and I go out of my way to show God’s love with the people I work with when I’m not at church, but I fall and I falter sometimes as we all do, but that I can guarantee that the face I show at church is the same face I show the world….mistakes and all, which one of me is being true to the scripture in John?
I am so thankful that Christ did not seek me in my perfection, but that He called me in my brokenness. I fail Him daily, I stumble, I fall, but God by grace, allows me to fall and stand back up and try again. God knows my faults and my short-comings, so hiding these things from the folks at church just gets me a couple of extra pats on the back. But what does that serve me with my Father? We are the clay and He is the potter, but a potter cannot use clay that is unbending and unmanageable. He can only use clay that is “willing” to be molded after the will of the potter.
The next time you look at your face in the mirror, ask yourself if there is one image there or if there is another as well. If you see “the other face”, ask God to help you get rid of that guy.