When you look in the mirror, you see a reflection of yourself. When your hand moves, it is reflected. When you smile, it is reflected. When you turn your head, it is reflected. Have you ever moved your hand in the mirror and your head turned instead? I think not! You would probably think it’s some sort of witchcraft or maybe that it wasn’t real.
Reflections are supposed to mimic the original right?
The answer to that question is, yes!
Genesis 1:26- “ And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness..”
The word tells us that we are made in God’s image. When man and woman fell because of sin, they were still not able to move outside of God, they’d only distorted the image of him.….sort of like a shattered mirror.
When we believe in our hearts that Christ died for us and we repent of our sin, we begin to change.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15- “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Notice the word “compels.” According to dictionary.com to be compelled is to be forced to submit. You can say something with your mouth and not truly believe it in your heart. Only God knows. But I can truly say that Christ’s love compels me to be more like him. It takes dying to myself daily! You must be humbled!
So, no, your flesh might not want to do what God asks, but you make efforts because you are a new creation in Christ. Every time you forgive, every time you choose not to lie, every time you choose not to gossip, every time you help someone in need, every time you show love to your neighbor, every time you choose what is true, a piece of the mirror is restored…making God’s image easier to see.
Sometimes we try and take things into our own hands. Trying to put things back together ourselves, but if we are not careful, those shattered pieces can cut us deep.
What are some pieces in your life that need to be mended? Trust God to handle those broken pieces so that his image may be reflected back to those who need to see him!