Everyday I weigh myself on a digital scale that is exact to the tenth of a pound. Right before I step onto the scale, I take a deep breath, afraid of what the verdict will be. Sometimes I even avoid the scale, postponing the moment of truth. I’m afraid. I’m afraid that the scale will tell me that I’m heavier than I should be, that I need to lose weight. Dreading the discipline of a healthier diet and painful exercise, I balk for a while.
But eventually I realize that I need to know the truth. The scale doesn’t lie. It has no motive for lying. I know it will tell me the truth. Plain and simple. What’s the verdict? How do I “stack up?” Nervously I finally put one foot on the scale, and then the other. I find out my weight. Still more than it should be. And I know that I have to go and do something about it. I can’t just weigh myself without action or change afterwards. My lifestyle must change if I want the truth about my body to change.
This is the way with the Word of God. It is the standard by which we judge ourselves. We may be nervous about evaluating our own lives based on the Word, because the Word does not lie. And after seeing ourselves through the lens of Scripture, we must go and change our lifestyles. If I find that I am overweight and I go out right away and eat a Big Mac, I am like a man looking himself in the mirror and forgetting what he looks like. I need to be a doer, not just a hearer of the Word.