While in college, I lived in an older home with a bunch of guys. The mirror in the bathroom was warped. It was tricky, but if you knew where to stand, you could see a decent reflection of your face.
When we want a true image – an image that is the exact likeness of the original – there cannot be anything in the way that will distort the view. Ripples in a pond or warped mirrors create frustrating distortions.
In the world of high resolution and perfect optics, the surface is as smooth as possible. They use a surface with a tolerance of less than 1/10,000 of an inch.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus is a perfect reflection of God the Father. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,” (Hebrews 1:3 NIV).
As followers of Christ, we are to mirror Him. I have to admit, sometimes I fall short and His image is not clear. Yet, my desire is to not just be a decent reflection, but an accurate one.
When you get out of the shower, you can’t see in the mirror because of the steam. You must clean away the layer of moisture on the mirror so you can see your image.
What layers need to be cleaned away so an accurate reflection of Christ is seen in your life?
- A mirror is going to receive whatever it is pointed at. The secret of becoming like Jesus is to receive the image of Jesus by constantly facing His direction.
- In the darkness, a mirror can’t reflect anything. You must stay in His light. Reading the New Testament is a great way to keep the light on.