What Do You See in The Mirror?

This week I have been noticing how often I don’t like reflections.  I complain that the camera catches my bad side.  I yell that the mirror must be broken.  I bark that the blood test must be wrong because my cholesterol can’t be that high.  It’s just not fair!  I feel good.  I feel young.  I can’t go bald. No way that I am getting wrinkled or unhealthy!  So, I want to blame the tests and reflections that I see.

The problem is that those are just the physical reflections.  There are deeper reflections that ought to bother me more.  My attitudes and relationship with God are reflected all over my life.  They are reflected in my children, my relationship with my wife, my language, and my checkbook.  My children catch my faith.  My language shows my heart.  My giving shows what I truly value. How I treat my wife shows the reality of my claim to be a “family man”.

For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints; for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them.

2 Corinthians 9:1-2

Paul told the Corinthians that their zeal for giving had inspired others, yet he felt the need to send Titus to collect their gift. Why? He sent Titus because he was worried that they might be ashamed if, by their forgetfulness, they forgot to give.

There is so much of life that is like that.  We mean well, but if we were honest we would see that the reflection doesn’t fully measure up to our ideal.  How about this – instead of simply believing that what we say is what we do, let’s look at our reflection and see if there are some things that need to change so that what we do does truly reflect what we say we believe.

Think about this question (and I didn’t come up with this one on my own!)  – “When all is said and done will you have said more than you have done?”

Something to think about,

Pastor John

3 responses to “What Do You See in The Mirror?”

  1. Amen! Thank you for this. I wonder also, not only what I see in the mirror, but also what does my life reflect to others? I wish I could ask Jesus what He sees in me.

    1. Here are two passages that help us understand how God sees us now:
      But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9
      And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18
      So, and this is what I marvel at, when God says that Jesus covers us He also means that how He sees and interacts with us has fundamentally changed. Because we come to Him through Jesus, God always sees us through “covenant eyes”. He primarily sees us in the righteousness given to us by Jesus. Glory!

      1. Praise God! This is so very beautiful. Thank you. This comforts me.

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