After reflecting on my last article (“The DisCONNECT”) and noting the irony and tragedy of two famous celebrity deaths on a personal judgment day for me (my 40th birthday 😀), I have been thinking a lot more about life and death (which is a separation or disconnect in itself). The vast media coverage surrounding the life and death of pop star Michael Jackson especially reminds me of what a person must do to have an abundant life and be able to personally prevail through any tragedy or trouble. It reminds me of what God has clearly revealed about our eternal destiny and life after death. It is a good reminder at the core of all I am talking about in my articles and on this website: What do you see when you look at the Man In The Mirror?
Are you troubled in your life? Are you at peace? Are you confident in your beliefs or are you double-minded? Are you proud and vain when you look at your reflection or are you humble and modest? Try looking at yourself in a mirror for more than a minute. Consider what you see and what comes to mind. More importantly, try looking at yourself in the mirror of the Bible—God’s Word. You will see much more there. You will be humbled and you may even learn to find healing. You just have to look and not forget what you see!
Consider the powerful Truth in James 1:22-24:
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
These verses describe a common human problem and one that becomes quite evident when reflecting on the American culture today—we are more often hearers and observers than doers. A plethora of information and ideas come at us from all sides. It is easy to get distracted and forget what we see. It is easy to forget what you notice in the mirror that needs to change. When you look into a mirror long enough you will likely find something you want to improve. When you look at yourself in the mirror of the Word of God you will know there are things you must do to improve. In order to change you must not forget what you see in the mirror; you must take action and become a doer (You may wish to also review my 04-29-08 Blog, “GROWTH …From Compassion to ACTION”).
When you look into the Word you also realize that we have an unseen enemy that seeks to delude us and blind our minds to what we see in this mirror (see 2 Corinthians 4:4 and even my 05-22-09 Blog, “Delusion”). The solution to real change there is to recognize the Creator as reflected in the Person of Jesus Christ. Consider 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Look to your Creator—the Person of Jesus Christ. He paid the penalty for your sin by sacrificing His perfect human blood. He proved His deity in rising from the dead. He offers eternal life to all those who put their trust in Him. He will save you and will even help that person you see in the mirror—healing from the inside out!