Mirrors! Mirrors! They are everywhere it seems. In addition to being useful, they are also fascinating to us. A child or an animal may be entertained by just looking into a mirror. We probably all looked into a mirror this morning and hopefully were benefited by that.
Grooming is the most common usage for mirrors; but they are also used for decoration, for safety in driving, for security, in instruments and even for entertainment (e.g., distortion mirrors and mirror mazes).
A mirror has many uses, but what are its purposes? It is designed to reflect. It reflects an image, a light or a view. A mirror enables you to see things that you would not be able to see otherwise. In a way, our Bible functions for us like a mirror.
A Reflection of Self
When you look in your mirror today, after you check your grooming, look into your heart and ask yourself, Who is that girl in the glass? Is she kind, thoughtful, honest and unselfish? Would you want her for your closest friend?
Chelsea Tidwell said, “I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see. Is the mirror broken, or maybe it’s me?” That’s a thought to ponder!
The physical reflection in our mirrors is of the external. It shows us only what is on the surface, but the Word of God gives us a reflection of the internal—what is inside our hearts.
A mirror reflects our physical blemishes, but the Bible reflects our spiritual blights. We may look in the mirror and see a facial blemish. To conceal that, we have to have that Cover Girl.
But when we look into the Bible, we see our sin. The only cover for sin is the blood of Jesus Christ: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Cor. 5:21). Cover Girl can’t do it!
We all care about our grooming, but the Bible says that our real adorning is the inner adorning of the heart (I Pet. 3:4). Beauty is not in fancy clothes, elaborate hairdos or expensive jewelry. We all have to battle the excess concern about the external.
I just love pretty shoes, but shoe shopping is getting harder for me. Now they have to be pretty and comfortable! As we give attention to the inner adorning, it is important that we remember to avoid excesses and extremes in our outward adorning so we won’t dishonor the Lord or diminish our testimony.
When we come to Christ, He changes us inside and out. He gives us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isa. 61:3). He changes our conditions of mourning to conditions of celebration. We give Him all the ugliness of our sin and He gives the beauty of holiness back.
A Reflection of the Saints
“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.”—II Cor. 3:18.
Have you ever had a total stranger ask, “Are you a Christian?” That’s a compliment. It should show even in an external way. Someone has said that “religion is an outward expression, salvation is an inward possession, but an internal possession produces an outward expression.”
Sadly, not all people who claim to be Christians reflect that spirit. Someone once complained to D. L. Moody about the hypocrites in the church. His reply was, “Yes, there are hypocrites in the church and in the lodge and in the home. Just go home, look in the mirror and make sure that there is one less!”
A Reflection of God
How can we see God since human eyes cannot look upon a holy God? John 1:18 says, “No man hath seen God at any time.” But when we look into His Word, we can see something of the essence of God.
We see Him in His might as the Creator of the universe and as the all-powerful God. We see Him in His majesty as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to be worshiped and adored. We see Him in His mercy in providing an escape from eternal damnation.
He is the Mighty God, the Majestic King and the Merciful Savior! When we really see Him and really see ourselves, it should cause us to turn to Him in repentance an