The dictionary defines a mirror as: a reflective surface, now typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image, it can also be a polished or smooth surface that forms images by reflection. A mirror is something we look at that shows us ourselves. A mirror does not lie, it simply reflects what’s there. All mirrors must have light to work. They will not work in darkness. Without light the mirror cannot reflect an image.
For years I have heard the analogy that the “Bible is a mirror” that shows us ourselves. If we combine this idea with the characteristics listed above, then truly what the Bible says to us is always true, it will never lie to us. It will always give us the clearest image and reflection of ourselves. Like a physical mirror it requires light, but in this case the light is the light and illumination of the Holy Spirit.
When we initially come to Christ for salvation, it was the Word of God illuminated by the Holy Spirit that showed us our condition of being lost, and our need of the Lord Jesus to save us. It was this “spiritual mirror” that reflected back to us the true nature of ourselves outside of Christ. We were able to see our need, and our Lord’s incredible love and the free gift of grace that He offered to us. Praise God for the Word of God, the Bible the most “perfect mirror” for us to see ourselves.
Let me ask you this, do you think of the Word of God as a spiritual mirror in your daily life? If you do, then what reflection do you see when you look into God’s word? What does the word of God show you about yourself, and how do you see yourself? I think at different times in our lives we may see ourselves in different ways as we look into the “mirror” of God’s Word. What I have observed and noticed when men and women, who are maturing spiritually look at themselves in the mirror of God’s Word this is how they often see themselves:
- They see themselves as being greatly loved, while at the same time still greatly flawed. They see their failures and their inadequacies, (these are not hidden) but the grace of a Wonderful Savior outshines the defects and all the imperfections that are still there. They see the reflection of themselves greatly loved by God.
- They see themselves changing and becoming the person they were created and redeemed to be. Their progress may seem slow, discouraging, and even aggravating at times. However, the mirror of God’s Word always reflects back to them an image of the person that God says they are in Christ and the person they are becoming. They see themselves as the sons and daughters of their Heavenly Father. Being the sons and daughters that God’s word says they are is their joy and their peace.
It is the Holy Spirit’s illumination, our fellowship with Him, and our walking with Him that makes alive what God’s word says to us and about us. May the Word of God (the most perfect mirror) through the illumination of the Holy Spirit reflect who we truly are, all that has been given to us, and what we are becoming according to His grace and Power. So be it.