Did you ever go to the circus or perhaps an arcade “fun house” when you were a child, or perhaps you took your children or grandchildren? If so, you may have seen the mirrors that you walk past which create a deformed reflection of yourself. Remember?
One wavy mirror reflected a very T A L L you, while the next wavy mirror reflected a very short you. The next mirror, the one that I hated, reflected a chubbier version of yourself. As a child, I understood that I did not look like what the mirrors showed, and I also understood that I would not change my shape that fast. But, there was always a little something tugging at my self-image – what if the mirror really showed me how I looked to others?
Mirrors are fun. I recall our grandson making faces in the mirror when he was a small child.
Mirrors can confuse your pets as well. When we first introduced Cuddles to our home, she barked at each window and mirror, apparently thinking that there was another dog in the house.
If you look at the picture carefully, you will see her eyes reflected in the center of and at the bottom of the dresser’s center section of the mirror. Even today, several years after coming to the house, she will look in a mirror and stare, cocking her head and watching that the dog in the mirror does the same thing. Funny to us, but sometimes scary to her.
Mirrors are not the only things that provide reflective images.
We can see ourselves reflected in the still waters of a lake or pond. But, while rivers have the same water that is found in the lake, the river is running, and the surface of the water is not calm, so the reflection is not visible.
Scripture talks about images and reflections. We say that we want to know what God is like, but we cannot see Him because He is Spirit. But, we have seen what God is like. We have seen Him in Jesus Christ, our Lord. In speaking of Jesus, the writer of Hebrews says:
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for [our] sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”
Jesus is the visible, earthly presence of the holy God, Father Almighty. He, Jesus, holds all power and authority in heaven and on earth, and He is our Savior. The mirror of Jesus Christ is not wavy nor is it fuzzy. Jesus is the exact imprint of God in physical, visible, touchable form.
Our problem is that we are mortal, made of dust. But because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, He has enabled us to be transformed into His image.
“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.”
1 Corinthians 15:49
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
“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
This transformation does not occur all at one time … we still bear our carnal, earthly nature even after we have been saved from our sin by the gracious love of our Lord and Savior. For example, Paul, writing to the Corinthians, says:
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
1 Corinthians 13:12 [New Living Translation]
Our growth in Christ and our transformation into His image takes place as we study His Word, as we worship with other believers, as we hear His Gospel proclaimed, as we obey His voice, as we pray and intercede for others, as we live a life in conformity to the commands of our Head, the Lord Jesus Christ.
How do I know that this will take place? Scripture tells me that I need to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only.
“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. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
So Beloved, do you look into the mirror of Scripture and see what it says, then going home and forgetting what you have seen? Or, do you look into the mirror of Scripture and persevere as you do that which you have seen and heard, as you serve the Lord in humility and in love, as you praise Jesus Christ and His Father for your salvation and for your life in grace, as you praise the Holy Spirit for His presence in your life and for His guidance as you are transformed into the likeness of Christ?
Now is the time to repent and be justified by your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Look into the mirror of His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you from the man/woman of dust into the man/woman in the image of Jesus Christ.
Father, I pray that Your Spirit would transform me into the image of Your Beloved Son, so that I can be a witness to others of His love and mercy, of His atoning sacrifice, of His serving nature as He did all that You asked of Him. I pray that I would look into the mirror of Your Word and see where I am lacking, and then do that which Your Word directs so that I will grow into the likeness of my Lord.