The Mirror

The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of the reality that the Lord is not a theory but an indwelling power and force in his life, is as a mirror reflecting the glory of the Lord. -Alan Redpath

What [others] most need is to see in you a reflection of what God is like and of the transforming power of the Gospel. Your life can create hunger and thirst for God in others’ lives and can be a powerful instrument in the hand of the Holy Spirit to draw their hearts to Christ. -Nancy Leigh DeMoss

You look at it a lot, but do you see things clearly? Check out the mirror on your cars passenger side. Do you see anything? There is a little message across the bottom. It reads, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” That’s because the mirror is slightly bent to give a wider field of vision. But the images are distorted… things seem farther away than they really are. Not realizing this could be dangerous. Even disastrous. You must pay close attention when using this mirror.

We live in a bent world. The reflection is there, but you must realize that things are not as they seem. Satan is the prince of the power of the air and he is referred to as an angel of light. Some of what you see of this world may look enticing, but partaking of them will end in certain confusion and heartache.

The Apostle Paul reminds us, “For now we see in a mirror dimly…” 1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV. The Greek word for “dimly” is ainigma and paints a picture of a vague, murky riddle. Life’s reflection can be unclear some days—a puzzle that seems obscure and even unrecognizable.

Perhaps this is why the writer of Hebrews admonishes us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV When we look to Jesus, and see His reflection, the distortion of the pace, pain and pressure of life is refocused and redirected. Feelings no longer take control and become our reality. The life of Christ can then be reflected into our lives, and the lives of those around us.

The journey of your Christ Walk takes discipline and consistent perseverance. In the book of Acts, Luke described a group of seekers who had “great eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11 ESV) The very next verse is profound – “Many of them therefore believed…” (Acts 17:12 ESV)

Is life unclear? Confusing? Ask God to help you see with eyes for Him.

And He promises that one day all will be perfectly clear when we see Him face to face.

Look into His mirror.

And it will turn your life around.

Posted on: Aug. 22, 2014, 2:26 a.m.