Reflections


The other day I was at the church by myself.  As I was walking through the sanctuary, out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone else walking in the sanctuary.  I was immediately startled, and stopped to see who else had come into the building.  Straightway, I knew that I had simply seen my own reflection in the mirrors in the back of the church.

Now, every time I walk into the sanctuary, I am keenly aware of my reflection in the mirrors.  As a matter of fact, I take special interest in noticing the reflection.  I wonder what would happen if our spiritual image were reflected so that we could clearly see our inner thoughts, feelings, motives, and desires.  Would our spiritual reflection shock us?

Actually, God has given us places that provide us with our spiritual reflection.

First of all, God has provided the church service, where we can see our spiritual reflections.  In an Apostolic Church service, the anointed preaching of the Word of God is a mirror that reflects our spiritual condition.

Second, our response, to the presence of God, offers us a reflection of our spiritual selves.

Third, our interaction with other believers can afford us expressions of our spiritual fitness.

Finally, how we respond to words of constructive counsel also indicate how we are spiritually.

What a blessing for those that will “Examine themselves…prove your own selves…  (2 Cor. 13.5).  As we look intently upon our spiritual condition, God gives us grace to transform ourselves into His image.   Not only will our outward appearance reflect our consecration, but our inward man will be replicate the image of Christ through our words and deeds.  Words of criticism will become words of compassion, faces of disgust will become faces that shine with the joy of the Lord.  We will become a vessel of the love of Christ.

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