Brief moment of honesty: I check myself out way too often. It’s habit, but I know I’m not alone in this. The underlying issue is sometimes vanity and sometimes insecurity, both of which can partly be attributed to living in a superficial culture. Aside from the reasons, placing attention on appearances distracts us from the reality of deeper issues.
I’m not saying I hate mirrors or that mirrors are bad. (Not going all Abnegation on you.) But if you’re struggling with understanding your identity in Christ, you may be looking into the wrong mirror too often.
James 1:23-24 (ESV) says,
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”
We have short term memory when it comes to our identity, and the only solution is found in pursuing God’s truth and seeking to implement it in our lives.
And Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)… “For the word of God . . . exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” In a way, it’s like the word itself is a mirror reflecting to us the condition of our own hearts. While a physical mirror reveals physical characteristics, the Biblical mirror reveals our character.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1-2 (ESV)
Later verse 14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” It’s saying that Jesus Christ was and still is the Word of God incarnate.
I’m sorry if it’s information overload, but do you see the connection?
Through the Word, Jesus shows us who we are and who He is at the same time. Jesus is the Word, and the Word is like a mirror into our souls.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) says,
“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.”
So when we look into the mirror that is the Word, we see Jesus which reveals to us the depth of our own sin. The more we choose to look into that mirror, the more we will see Jesus inside us, instead of us. So, if we want to maintain our identity in Christ, we need to be reading the Bible on a consistent basis.
Just like James says, when we walk away from physical reflections, we almost immediately forget who we are. We remain identity-less. We need to look into God’s word and study Jesus and seek to become more like Him in our actions. When we find our security and identity in knowing who God is, we’ll know who we are as well. And we’ll ultimately be able to reflect Him to the rest of the world.
It’s a bit corny, but I want to leave you with this call to action:
Mirror mirror to the world.
— Lydia Sellers