I was recently thinking about what my life is reflecting. When I stand in the mirror what do I see? Often times it is frustration with the way that I look, my hair looks bad, nothing is fitting right, etc. Most of the time I overlook the real thing that I should be concerned with which is my heart. I was doing a study on Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." The part that really got to me was that God judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. I always took this verse as something that was placing God in the light of convicting. While he very much does that through the Spirit, I saw a tender God in this passage instead, and I saw Him in a different light than ever before. God through His abundant grace has blessed me with the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Christ. They are working as one to begin to mold and shine me into the image of Christ. I often times complain and am frustrated as I battle my desires with what I know is right in the eyes of the Lord. How often I forget that I am created to reflect Him. The reason the Lord is concerned with judging our thoughts and intentions of the heart is because most of the time they are not pure and our motives are off. When that is the case, I see myself distorted. I see the discontentment with my looks, the cracks in my heart, the disfigurement of my life, all because I am not looking at the right mirror. I am looking at the mirror I made up for me. When Christ digs into our lives with the sword often, it is because He is bringing us back to the TRUE mirror that He has created for us. That mirror reflects the perfection of Christ in us. When I look outside of myself and look at my heart and realize what all the Lord is doing in my life, I see His beautiful creation, character, promises, love and much more. I then can see myself how He intends. Psalm 139:13-18, "For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You." This is what I want my life to reflect...the beauty of the Lord from within, to be united with my creator living out what He has created me to do.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...Jesus deserves my ALL!