When you stand in front of a mirror, what do you see? I know…that’s sort of a dangerous question, isn’t it? But don’t think too deeply here (or be too hard on yourself). In the simplest answer, what we see when we stand in front of a mirror, is a perfect reflection of ourselves. (Unless of course you’re standing in front of one of those circus mirrors, then you’re bizarrely distorted in some less-than-desirable way.)
In a “normal” mirror, however, we see a perfect reflection of ourselves. I didn’t say we were perfect, or our hair was perfect, or our bodies were perfectly shaped. But the image we see in the mirror is a 100% identical clone of ourselves. Yes, there are times when I want to look in the mirror and see a face that’s not quite so worn and weathered, a body that’s leaner and more fit, hair that’s not quite so gray, fancier clothes, etc. But it doesn’t work that way, does it?
Some people flock to mirrors every chance they get. They absolutely love to see themselves in all their glory. They talk, sing, dance, admire themselves, model, pose, and admire themselves some more in front of a mirror. They love to see their own reflection, their own image talking, singing, and dancing right back at them. Oh, the vanity of it all!
I wonder how it was in Jesus’ day. They didn’t have glass mirrors back then like we do today. But certainly they were able to see their own reflection in things like pools of water or certain metal objects. (On a side note…my guess is they probably had far less issues with vanity back then too.) 🙂
I began thinking about this whole image-mirror-reflection thing when I ran across this passage in Hebrews this week: “This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature…” (Hebrews 1:3, MSG). The verse is referring to Jesus, God’s Son. You see, Jesus perfectly mirrors God. He perfectly reflects God. He is the exact representation of God Himself. I suppose if Jesus looked in the mirror, He would see His Father God.
I have far too many flaws and imperfections to perfectly mirror God, but my prayer for myself is that I would truly reflect Him in every way I can. I want to be a faithful representation of God Himself. I want to be stamped with His nature.
What about you? What do you want to reflect?