noun; a reflective surface, now typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?”
The Queen’s mirror in Snow White could show her magical things and reveal other people than the person holding the mirror. Unlike the wicked Queen’s mirror, our mirrors have no magical powers – although I know some folks that wish they did! HA! Our mirrors can’t reveal anything except what is before the mirror. They simply bear the image of the object that is set before them.
Have you ever noticed how over time married couples tend to look alike? On their wedding day, you don’t normally see it. But little by little, they begin to look more and more alike. It might be in mannerisms or the way they carry themselves. Could be common language. Or maybe even the matching clothing. LOL.
I think what happens is quite simple: What you behold you become. Where you place your focus, determines the path you will walk. Change your focus and over time you change your life.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 reads: “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Many of us have had veils over our lives. Veils of sin. Veils of sorrow. Veils of shame or regret. Veils of abuse. These veils have kept us in darkness, living in the shadows of life. They have kept us blinded to the image of God, Jesus Christ.
Yet when Christ died on the cross, the veil was torn from top to bottom. The veil that separated man from God was torn, permanently severed, so that we could have relationship with God. Jesus made a way for us to remove the veils from our lives and have personal, intimate relationship with Him. No more darkness. The Light has come!
As we walk in relationship with God, we see Him for Who He really is. We fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We focus on Him. We behold Him.
And we are changed! Beholding as in a mirror the glory of Jesus we are changed into His image. We are changed from glory to glory to glory! We walk in liberty. We walk in love. We walk in the fruit of the Spirit. We are led by the Spirit of God. We are children of God.
From our Word for 2018, we can know that “a glorious future that will surprise you and fulfill your deepest longings awaits you: a future that will reflect God’s goodness and power, His glory and grace.” What HOPE we have! That’s a future I want! One that reflects God’s goodness, power, glory and grace!
On Day 13 we took time to lay aside those things that pull us back, those things from our past, the sins that so easily entangle us. We surrendered them to Lord.
Now we focus on Him as if we are looking into a mirror. We are changed by beholding His beauty, His majesty, His goodness and His love. We begin to take on His likeness. Just like the married couples, the more time we spend with Him, the more we will be like Him. We begin to reflect Him!
Prayer for Today: Lord, I want to be a reflection of You. I choose to spend time beholding You, gazing on You, reading Your word and learning who You are. I want to reveal You to this broken world. With the freedom You have given me, I want to help others walk in freedom and love. The past is gone. The new is come. I’m fixing my eyes on You today. You are the object in my view!