I recently had the opportunity to minister to a group of ladies at a women’s conference. I shared with them from 2 Corinthians 3:18, which 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.”
I am a woman, and I was speaking to women, but isn’t it interesting that this passage isn’t gender specific? In fact, most scriptures aren’t… which means they apply to every person.
With unveiled (or we could say, unmasked) face, we behold the glory of the Lord each time we catch a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror. I know, that’s not how you see yourself (as the “glory” of God). I used to struggle with that thought too, but I soon realized it was because I was looking at my mirror through my perspective, not God’s.
The first reason God sees His glory in you is because of His Son. “…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). When God looks at you, He sees Jesus. This alone is enough to make you glorious! But because transformation takes place from the inside-out, then as you take steps to reflect and represent Jesus in your actions and attitudes, then one decision at a time, you are being transformed “…into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another…”
Chris Herron was an NBA basketball player who struggled with drugs and addiction, ultimately losing his career to it. In an ESPN documentary I watched one time, Chris said, “Before I got sober, I always took my razor and toothbrush with me in the shower. Always. Then one day my wife asked why I didn’t do that any more. And I realized for the first time it was because I could finally look myself in the mirror. Before, even a few moments of shaving or brushing my teeth was too long to look at my own reflection. I didn’t like the person looking back at me.”
I don’t think Chris is much different than most people (including myself). I always saw my mirror as the enemy because I was ashamed at the person looking back at me. But that was before I learned to see Christ in me.
So I want to challenge you today to consider your mirror.
1. Do you avoid it?
2. Do you only glance quickly and move on so you don’t have to face it?
3. Do you see Christ in you?
Remember, it’s not about perfection. It’s about transformation–one decision at a time. I can almost bet you are not who you used to be. So give God a high-five for your growth! My prayer is you will begin to see who you are from His perspective and not your own. God bless!