Man in the Mirror
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. I Corinthians 13:12
The late Michael Jackson wrote a song, "Man in the Mirror" about his life long struggle with his identity. Dominated by an abusive overbearing father, the lad turned inward looking to fit in and find out who he really was and not what his father wanted him to be.
Although the song speaks of making the world a better place there are hints of the singer's pain and the longing to change throughout the lyrics. We would do well to take a hard look into the mirror of the Word of God and see what we really look like lest we continue on a path similar to Michael's that led to depression, fear and death.
Life can be an abusive father to us all in our search for significance and the knowledge of who we really are. It seems today that everyone is looking into the mirror of the virtual world to at least establish an identity that will bring them into some semblance of reality. Throughout cyber space people have created "Avatars" to relate to others and fulfill an inward longing to be something they are not.
Social networking is the way we communicate with one another in today's fast paced world of "text messaging" not to mention Face-book, Twitter and hundreds of others designed to allow us to portray to others an identify we have created for ourselves. Like actors on a world wide stage we act out our fantasies and hidden longings without having to be honest, face to face with another human being.
Behold, now we are children of God; and it has not been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. I John 3:2
CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
In the beginning God created man in the very image and likeness of Himself. We all have divine attributes inherited from our heavenly Father; we have all been given specific gifts and talents in which to fulfill a divine destiny.
Adam, the first man was clothed in the glory of God as well as his wife Eve and they lived in a perfect environment created by God called Eden. Adam was the first son of God on the earth, made of flesh intended to carry on the divine linage on the earth and to establish God's kingdom. Sadly, the vision was interrupted by another son, Lucifer who had just been expelled from his heavenly home.
Satan tempted Adam and Eve to become their own gods leaving their God given image and taking up another. In just a few short minutes they were deceived into believing they were something they were not! In other words when Satan got through with them they had forgotten what they originally looked like.
From the time of the fall up until now mankind has had to go to the mirror of God's word to see what he is supposed to look like and to find out what his image should be. The word of the living God is a mirror with which to see what we really look like and what He will eventually transform us into. Like a worm into a butterfly God will mold us back into His glorious image through immense trial and burning.
When one receives the Spirit of God and is washed in the blood of Jesus he becomes a new creation, in other words a spiritual man is birthed within a fleshly container or house. From day one, depending on the condition of the house the Holy Spirit of God begins to cleanse, tear down and transform this once sin-ridden abode into a holy mansion of God. The time frame for reconstruction can vary depending on the willingness of the tenet to allow changes to be made by the new owner, in my case it is taking a long time.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17
MIRROR OF TRUTH
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. James 1:22-24
Looking into the mirror of God's word will show you not only His image but will expose the true motives of your heart, for He only looks at the inward appearance and not the outward. Our outward appearance has nothing to do with who we are, it is what Jesus has done in our heart in the inward man that gives us our true identity.
Michael Jackson didn't like his outward appearance and kept altering it through surgery to no avail, never finding his true identity that only comes from knowing the Savior. Our significance and acceptance can only come by knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to conform us into the image of God.
What do you see when you look into God's mirror, a person of worth, washed in the blood of Jesus, forgiven and made righteous by faith, or someone lost and trying to find the way of truth that can only come through the Savior's love and mercy? If you are struggling with trying to find out who you really are, look into God's mirror and see His glory and allow it to transform you into His image, you will never be the same!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. II Corinthians 3:18