What do you see when you look in the mirror? What does your inner self say as you peer into that aging image? Did you know that God is wanting you to see Him instead of yourself? What do you think would happen if you saw God first? Would you live and think differently?
What if you believed, really believed who God says you are? How would you view yourself? God says “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.” (Song of Solomon 2:10) All He sees is beauty when His eyes are upon you. Jesus never takes His eyes off of you, not even for a millisecond!
He also says you are complete in Him. Look at Colossians 2:10, “You are complete through your union with Christ, who is head over every ruler and authority.” This verse gives two blessings. You lack nothing in Him and you can rest assured that during this pandemic, God is in control.
God finds you worthy. Do you realize that God had your days laid out before you were born? Jeremiah 1:5 says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” You were made to be somebody; somebody on a mission that will impact eternity! You were already a somebody when you were in your mother’s womb.
Look at Isaiah 43:1,4: “But now, (put your name), listen to the LORD who created you. (Your name), the One who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.'” “Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored and I love you.” God deems you priceless and there is no dollar amount that could be placed on your head that He would say, “you are not worth that”. He jumped through an extremely large hoop to save you! The sacrifice of Jesus’ blood deems you invaluable.
You are redeemed by God. Also in Isaiah 43, verse 25 says, “I, yes, I alone, will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” When God looks at you, He sees a clean slate, a heart pure as white snow. His resurrection causes you to be found NOT GUILTY and you receive your passport to heaven where you will live with Christ for eternity, reigning with Him!
You receive strength and power when you follow God. You are given the most amazing gift, the Holy Spirit, when Jesus enters your heart. Acts 1:8 says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – to the ends of the earth.”
Let’s recap as you look in the mirror: God says you are beautiful, complete, worthy, priceless, ransomed and redeemed. By the blood of Jesus, your heart is made pure and He has placed righteousness within you. You have been adopted into the family of God; see Ephesians 1:4-5. This means you inherit all that belongs to God and you can enjoy His bounty today! The Holy Spirit resides within you so you can say, “I am His”.
You are His child. This is your identity. It is possible to look in the mirror and see Christ. I know this for a fact. In my younger years, I looked in the mirror and saw a plain jane. I saw a shy little girl who wished to be different, wished to be someone else. As I grew in my faith, my eyesight began to change. I matured and my belief in Christ deepened.
God chisels away at my flesh, little by little. Did you notice I used present tense? He keeps molding me into His likeness until He takes me home. He promises to never leave my side nor leave me in murky pits of my flesh. He has work for me to do, so He is preparing me.
I must get myself ready for my Lord. As we speak, God is pulling me out of another murky pit, jealousy. It’s not pretty but by His grace and mercy, Jesus is healing my heart. I will admit, my flesh rages within me as God is drawing out my selfish ways. It’s humbling. It’s hard. Yet, I know without a shadow of a doubt, that God will not leave me in this pit.
As He lifts me out, He wipes me off, He fills me with His goodness and says, “Carol, let’s try this again.” And He refocuses my eyes to see Him and not myself. He reopens my ears to hear His Truths found in scripture. He enlightens my heart to accept them. He continues His transformation process. I am becoming more like Jesus.
I have learned to see Jesus in the mirror. I know who I am and whom I belong to. I am His. And I am forever grateful.