2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Do you see the glory of God on your face as you look at your reflection? Do you see Jesus Christ radiating from your inner being?
Or are you caught up in an old image of who you were? Are you someone who only sees regret and mistakes from your past as you look in the mirror? Do you hear the taunting voices inside your head asking who do you think you are trying to fool by following God? Do you listen to those voices and find yourself wondering, “yeah who am I to think I could be anything different than what I was? I mess everything up and life never works out for me. Why would God want anything to do with me? My life is a train wreck and always will be.”
Friend, can I encourage you today and share a nugget of truth with you-we are all train wrecks in some capacity. Apart from God, not a one of us measures up to His holy standard. Apart from God, we all mess up areas of our lives and we do a darn good job of it too. Not a single one of us is worthy of God’s love and grace, we all fall short. One of the most beautiful truths about our God is that He delights in choosing the most unlikely, biggest misfits, and outcasts from society to do the most incredible work for His great name! Isn’t that good news? I know it is for me!
Friend if you have had a hard road thus far and feel like you are among the least worthy to receive God’s grace then let me assure you, God has special plans to use you in a mighty way!
Those voices you hear condemning you are not from God. They are from the enemy who doesn’t want you to realize God has so much better for you than what you are living right now. The enemy wants you to feel abandoned, defeated, cast aside, and without hope. The enemy doesn’t want you to discover you have the glory of God shining upon you and the righteousness of Christ flowing through you. The enemy doesn’t want you to realize God loves the down trodden and outcasts, because it is in our weaknesses His strength is made perfect!
Look at what the Apostle Paul shared in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 in the Message translation. I chose this translation because you can really understand Paul’s thinking and how God worked in him best when Paul was his weakest.
Paul shares, “7-10 Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
Paul discovered this amazing truth-God’s strength is made perfect through our weakness! So you see, God uses your hardships, your struggles, your temptations to let His perfect strength and glory shine through! When God looks at you, He sees who He has created you to be with Christ living inside you-not who you are now and certainly not who you once were.
As you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are cleansed by the blood of Christ that was poured out as a ransom for your sins. Jesus’ blood washes you white as snow. When God looks upon you, He sees the blood of the spotless lamb who has covered you; He sees you as redeemed by his perfect Son, Jesus Christ; He sees a new creation that is made in His image.
Take in these powerful truths the enemy doesn’t want you to discover-about how your heavenly Father sees you when He looks upon you:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
John 1:12 (NIV) “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—”
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV) “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
Romans 8:17 (NIV) “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
And here is the most incredible truth as to how God sees us-
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
THIS is your identity and truth as to who you are my friend! THIS is how God desires you to see yourself with Christ living in you. This is what you should see when you look in the mirror.
Every day you are being transformed more and more into the image of God; into His glory and righteousness. Amen!
If you haven’t seen or believed this truth about who you are in Christ, then pray now and ask God to give you His eyes so you may see yourself as He sees you…Worthy, Loved, Chosen and Redeemed.
Now live each day in this truth. His Word is your truth about who you are-read it daily to remind yourself. Step into the glory God is calling you to. LIVE as a son or daughter of the King of all Kings-because that is who you are!
How different might your life be if you truly lived walking in this identity?
Heavenly Father I don’t understand how you can take a filthy wretch like me and turn me into something beautiful and priceless to you, and yet you did all because of your great love for me. Too often I want to be critical of myself, dredging up past mistakes and I know that doesn’t come from you. You lift me and encourage me through your Word and Spirit to become the person you have created me to be. Lord I want to be that person. You say I am worthy, loved, chosen and redeemed all because of what your son Jesus Christ did on the cross. His death paid the penalty in full for my sin and made me righteous in your eyes. His blood poured out covers my sin and shame. When you look at me you see Jesus, your beautiful son. It’s far too much for me to fully comprehend; I simply want to say thank you Lord for saving me from my sin. Thank you for cleansing me and making me new. Thank you for giving me a new name-child of God. Help me Lord to live a life that honors you. Help me to have eyes to see my reflection as you see me. Help me live fully as someone who is redeemed and filled with the hope of Christ. Help me to believe “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and help my daily actions reflect my belief. In your son’s most powerful name of Jesus I pray and trust. Amen.
Love God with all your heart. Love others the same, and be blessed in return!