How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror? I think that for some of us, having no mirrors would actually improve our life. We look at it way too many times and we give it too much importance too. But on the other hand, for some others, it wouldn’t harm to look at it more often 😉
Last week I had a new haircut, and believe me when I say that I have looked in the mirror way too much this week, ha! It has occupied my mind and has caught my attention to myself to the point where it started to bother me! Thankfully this is only for a few days and it won’t affect the rest of my life, but what if that became a habit?
What is your mirror in life? Is it an actual and literal mirror, where all you see is your physical self, just like the witch in Snow White?
Is it someone else you want to be like? Maybe your mom? Your teacher? Your pastor? Your friend? A famous person? Who do you compare yourself with? What you see on Facebook, the news, or your neighbors?
We’ve all been affected in a way by the unreality of what we see on social media. We tend to compare ourselves with the pictures we see of other families, mothers, or women in general. Pictures that don’t show their real world, but only one side of the coin. But you know what? All these things and people aren’t actually the ones to blame for how you feel about it. We can’t control what’s around us, and if it gets to affect us so much, shouldn’t we maybe reconsider what our real mirror is?
It is such an important question, because what we use as a mirror will actually occupy our mind, and what occupies our mind will occupy our heart, and what occupies our heart will become our god.
You probably know where I am going by now, but let me say it… JESUS must be our one and only Mirror! And I am going to share a few of the any reasons why.
1. He has created us into His own Image.
So God created human beingsin his own image.
In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27-28 (NLT)
Who else could possibly be a better mirror than the one who created you doing “copy-paste”?
In the Old Testament people didn’t know how to be like God, since there was no open relationship with Him. All they could do was to follow the law at the best of their abilities, to follow commands and instructions, but they didn’t have a real image of who God was really like, except maybe through the image of Moses and David who reflected the glory and character of God.
But it wasn’t until Jesus came that people could finally see God. Maybe you’ve asked the same question as Philip, wanting to know who God really is:
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied. Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? John 14:8-9 (NLT)
Jesus is the reflection of God and should therefore be our mirror!
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. Colossians 1:15ª (NLT)
If you don’t know who you are, if you don’t know how you should act, be or live, go to The Mirror, go to Jesus. He is the One who knows you better than anybody and you will find the perfect reflection you are looking for. You will find the correction, the acceptance, the love and the guidance you are so desperate for. No other mirror in this world will satisfy what you are so thirsty for.
2. He is infinite and unreachable. And that will keep you humble, unlike a real mirror.
Haven’t you ever wanted to reach a big goal in your life thinking it wasn’t really possible to reach but you actually did it? What a great feeling for a moment but then don’t you end up saying: “Now what? What’s next?”
Having any other person or thing on the planet as a mirror, will limit you to reach the potential God wants you to have. He wants you to become more like Him, something that will never fully happen until we meet Him face to face, but that will enrich and satisfy you so much during the process, that you will not even stress about the goal anymore.
As you get to witness the power of God working within you and transforming you into His Image, your love and passion for Him will increase as well. It is just amazing!
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
3. He’s got the best Light.
Why do some mirrors have a light included? I believe it is for us to see with even more clarity, so that we don’t skip any imperfection or hair that needs to be addressed.
Well, God is light and whether we like it or not, His light shows the nakedness of our hearts, including our desires, motives, wounds, frustrations and things we may not even be aware of. But unless they are brought to light, we can’t deal with them.
So let us not be afraid of the Light, because there we will find freedom, healing and guidance.
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
And that brings us to our 4th and last point.
4. He is the only One who will show you the Truth; both the truth of your sins and the truth of His Love.
Jesus is straight talking. But He is all loving. There is no other one besides God who can show you your sin with such love and grace.
Whenever we go to Him as our mirror, we will be able to see ourselves as we are, sinful but loved! What a life changing experience!!
Let us not react like the witch in Snow White, who didn’t want to hear the truth when the mirror would speak it.
Let us not allow our hearts to turn bitter and hard, but instead, let us give the Holy Spirit freedom to soften our hearts, to work in us, and change us into His image.
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST, so don’t be afraid of having a look in that Mirror!