Do You Reflect God? (II Corinthians 3:18)
II Corinthians 3:18, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
A woman watched a silversmith as he heated a piece of silver over the fire. He explained that to refine silver he needed to hold it where the flames were the hottest to burn away all impurities. The silversmith said that he had to watch the silver carefully because if it was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman waited patiently observing the silversmith. Then she asked, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" "Oh, that's easy," he answered, "when I see my image reflected in it."
Like the silversmith looking into the precious metal, Christ desires to see His image reflected in our lives. The moment God saved us, He formed a new creature, and He expects us to be constantly changing into His image and reflecting that image to others. As we spend time in the Word and in fellowship with our Lord, the Spirit works in us to make us more like Christ. He chips away at the desires and tendencies of the old man and replaces them with the likeness of Christ. The closer we walk with the Lord, the more the Spirit works within us to transform us into the image of Christ. Ephesians 4:24 explains the goal of every Christian: "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Some of the most obvious vices of unbelieving people are in their speech. This includes foul language and inappropriate jokes, or, more commonly, complaining, slander, and criticism. As Christians, however, we must lay it aside. That is the essence of taming the tongue—not that we never say anything at all, but that we are constantly able to encourage and strengthen other people with our words that actually build others up.
If we are going to reveal Jesus to a world that so desperately needs to see Him, we must desire to become more like Him. This is an amazing opportunity and very possible if we are willing to submit to Him and gaze upon Him. Somewhere in the beginning of each day, most of us find ourselves looking at our reflection in the mirror. Do we reflect God? How can we? As flawed human beings with selfish tendencies, how can we ever portray God’s flawless image? The answer is simply by following the leading of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). God wants our hearts and lives to be mirrors that reflect His glory and grace. If we, as followers of Christ, are truly abiding by His Word, then we will reflect His character. The Holy Spirit will shine through us if we allow God into our lives. The figure of a mirror is used to express the change that comes to the believer from Christ. Since we have been transformed by His power into His image. His glory is reflected in us and through us from glory to glory. This astounding transformation within us is accomplished by the Spirit of the Lord.
Questions to Consider:
Do you reflect God's righteousness and holiness in your daily life?
Can others see Christ's image in what you say and do?
Points to Ponder:
Allow God to change and mold your life so you can reflect His image more clearly.
This is humbling that we have the opportunity to reflect the image of our Saviour and Creator.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know Your desire for me is to be like You. I desire to be the mirror You want me to be. I ask You to take control of my life. Help me to reflect You so that others can be drawn to Christ Your Son. I want to be like Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.