Tuesday, October 16, 2012


IF YOU’VE VERY TRIED TO LOSE WEIGHT and to get in better shape, the mirror can be your best friend. You see, mirrors can lie. Stand in front of a mirror and you can fool yourself. You can suck in your gut. You can turn at just the right angle. You can even close your eyes and voilà you’re looking better.

Try that on a scale. Stand on one foot. Think light thoughts. Close your eyes. The scale tells the truth. The mirror can be deceiving.  As the Apostle Paul writes, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) Even James refers to the problem with mirrors in his letter, “For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:23-25)

The truth is that a mirror is not the best reflection as to how you are progressing in getting in shape, be that physically or spiritually. We need a more reliable scale. For our spiritual getting-in-shape program that scale is the Person of Jesus Christ, who will one day let us see our true self as we are in Him. James tells us that another scale we can use is that of God’s Word. A Word not simply read, but applied to all areas of our lives.

Many of us who seek to follow Jesus Christ and to serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, too often use the mirror of the church, or other Christians, or even the culture around us. I can guarantee you that these mirrors will show you a distorted picture of your stature. If you must measure yourself, stand upon that which is true, measure yourself in comparison to Christ and His Word.

What’s that? You say you can’t measure up! Yes, my friend, we cannot measure up. That is why Jesus Christ died in your place. He became your new measure. The God, who is perfect, stood upon the scale in your place. Now we are hidden in Him. The Scriptures declare, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your  life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.(Colossians 3:-4) 

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