Who Do You See in the Mirror? Awake! Part 18

by | Apr 30, 2018 | Awake!, Christ-in-me, Christ-in-us, Example, Love

Our God has a great sense of humour, and through it, He clearly indicates how much He loves us. During a concert at Kingdom Bound I noticed that at times the large side screens would display people from the audience worshipping God. A thought slipped into my mind “This would never happen to me. I am too scary to look at!”

As soon as this thought became a conscious one, both my oldest son and I were being reflected from those very side boards. It must have been because of my son’s good looks! And that very night it happened a second time!

The message I received from this is that God cares!

He does indeed care and as His child, He cares for you as well!

Too many times, however, we are disappointed in ourselves and these disappointments tend to hide the reality that our Father still loves us. We wonder “Can God truly love me when I don’t even like myself?” Too often we forget that God doesn’t love us for our performance, but for who we truly are: His own children!

Would I reject my own child if he acted foolishly? All of us have behaved irrationally from time to time, especially when you have a son who likes to be called “McGyver”! There is no way I would ever reject him just because he makes poor decisions once in a while. He is my son, and I can’t help it if I love him for life.

The truth is that our God is at work in our hearts. We may not see it, but He is! Just like I am patiently guiding my son in the right direction in life, God is very patiently leading us. His love for us drives Him!

This is His promise for each one of us: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:17-18 NIV)

It is true that when we look in the mirror of our heart, we sometimes seem to look at a monster. Don’t we all fall short of the mark from time to time? Let’s not despair, God is patiently transforming us “into His likeness.” We may not even be aware of how changed we are from our days of utter foolishness, but we are changed and we are still changing and this is not our doing! Our Father is preparing us for something grandiose!

Eventually we will come to our senses and notice the reflection of God’s grace in our lives. Then we will be able to utter what Jesus declared while living on our planet: “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:31 NIV)

Only then will we be able to join King David and clearly testify: “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Ps 40:8 NIV)

We are not monsters! We are works of art, patiently being chiselled into our Father’s likeness.

Rob Chaffart

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Who Do You See in the Mirror? Awake! Part 18