When was the last time you took a good, long look at yourself? Better yet, when was the last time you walked by a reflection and had to do a double-take to realize that you were the person in the mirror?
Isn’t it funny how easily we can see our outward imperfections when we do take time to look in the mirror? The lines around our eyes and mouth make us look older than we feel inside. In our own minds, we still look like the young child who loved to skip and jump. In our finest moments, we see ourselves as we look best. At other times, we do a grand job of berating ourselves for every perceived flaw we can see.
But, how often when we look in the mirror do we actually concentrate on what is reflected from the inside, from our souls? How difficult is it to see ourselves truthfully, through God’s eyes? As Paul writes, our mirror image is only a reflection. When we see with God’s eyes, we will see face to face. And Paul’s writings make it clear that this kind of seeing is a life-long process of practicing faith, hope and love that will only be fully realized when we are in God’s presence.
Besides trying to see our true selves on a regular basis, especially as we come before God in prayer or request, shouldn’t we also be working on how well we reflect God to the world? After all, aren’t we the only picture of Christ much of the world sees? Even this reflection is not as clear as the face-to-face picture. Being only a reflection, how much more should we strive to show God’s love at all times?
Living life face-to-face is a challenge in a race worth winning, as Paul would say. He should know. Do you realize, he took three years from the time of his conversion to even begin any kind of missionary work? And that more than a decade passed with God working on Paul’s growth before He got Paul’s ministry well under way? God can do great things, in His time. We just have to be patient.
And keep reflecting!