Mirrors are some of the most indispensable items of furniture in our homes. The ability to see ourselves as we are is so important to our ability to adjust, upgrade, touch up and do all we can to look like our hopes. Mirrors reflect reality and therefore show us the chasm between our imaginations and realities. Mirrors don’t lie, they simply tell the truth as it is. Reference is made to the Word of God as mirror in two New Testament verses and it is my hope to apply them to our current realities.
There are many mirrors and all with degrees of efficiency but the mirror of the Word of God amazes me. It amazes me because once we give our lives to Christ, we become New Creations in Him, giving us a new identity. Our Heavenly Father begins to see us in Him. The contrast however is our experience, because we are more conscious of our thoughts, feelings, behaviour and attitudes than the Word of God. Our daily experiences are our reality and while a mirror shows reality, there is another reality (Truth) that the Word of God shows us.
“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 NKJV
When we behold the mirror of the Word of God, our new reality in Christ is revealed to us. We see ourselves forgiven, not condemned; delivered, not bound; healed, not sick; blessed, not cursed; and righteous, not sinful. Since this experience is by revelation, it is a matter of seeing another reality in such a tangible manner, that it renews our minds, changes our mindsets, and supernaturally transforms our attitudes and behaviours. It also supernaturally changes our health and circumstances by the Spirit of God. Our responsibility for change and transformation is not that of transcendental or metaphysical meditation as some propound, nor is it a matter of psychotherapy, but rather that of looking into the mirror by spending time in the Word of God to discover our new identity in Christ, our new nature, what we have in Christ Jesus, and what we have become through Him. Beholding the glory of the risen Christ through the Word, transforms our experience into what we see in the Word.
“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25 NKJV
One responsibility remains ours after looking into the Word of God and finding contrasts with our realities and that is to by faith act in line with what we see. There is still a place of deliberately acting true to the new type in many circumstances in which we would find ourselves. The relics of our old images will rear their ugly heads in conflict with our new realities. We therefore must be doers of the Word and not be like someone who checks himself up in the mirror and fails to make corrections in line with his observations in the mirror. We are to contrast the new reality (Truth) with our experiential realities and make necessary amendments and adjustments. We are not on our own but the Spirit of God is there to empower us to make these changes. The blessing is in the doing of the Word.
Spending time in the epistles of Paul will reveal a lot of our new realities in Christ to us, but also we will see him demanding behavioural changes like asking those who steal to stop it and work with their hands. He demands that we walk worthy of the vocation of our calling, present our bodies a living sacrifice, and a lot of other demands that the New Creation in Christ live according to who He really is. This application of truth to life must never be lost on us. Until our faith is applied and results in changed lives, it is not worthy of praise. Praise God for the life-changing mirror. We will look into it daily, enjoying its life-transforming power, and act upon it for our own supernatural success.