Once upon a time a wealthy businessman purchased a microscope and was fascinated by it. He looked through its lens to observe flower petals and crystals and was amazed at their beauty and detail. Then one day he chose to examine some of the food that had been prepared for his dinner. To his dismay, he discovered that tiny living creatures were crawling all over the food sample.
What to do?! This was one of the man’s favorite dishes! He thought long and hard; and finally, he decided to destroy the instrument that had caused him the consternation in the first place -- so he smashed the microscope to pieces!
“That’s just crazy!” most would react. But how many people regularly do the same thing with the Word of God? Instead of conforming their will and behavior to God’s will, they hate His word, they deny its authenticity and its authority, and would destroy it if only they could.
James (likely one of Jesus’ brothers) says the Bible is like a mirror; one that reveals our true spiritual condition. Do you like what you see?
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (1:22-25)