The Savior in the Mirror

As of late I’ve been leaning in close during my quiet moments
with God…seeking, listening, discerning… in pursuit of real change. I’ve reached
that point with several of my issues–I’m overDONE
with them; with ME. Ever felt this
way?
After coaxing me into this bare-souled posture before Him (always
in all-encompassing love) in the thick of a particularly messy life season, the
Lord illuminated a certain passage, leading me to dissect it, for all it had to
teach me:
“Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is
like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself,
goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks
intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not
forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”
James 2:22-25 (NKJV)

In the past when I’ve taken in this passage, it was with a
smug spirit of Check! Assuredly, in some
ways I was getting it right. But for
years, in one consistent, nagging, thorn-in-my-side kind of way, I was not.
It’s easy to end up here, isn’t it? As busy women, wives and
mothers, neck-deep in the demands of our trailing to-do lists, plugging away soldier-like
in a results driven society. At our core, we’re women of God, seeking to honor
Him in all our striving, but we easily lose sight, in all the swirling
busyness, of God’s purposes for us–of His command for stillness before Him, so that we can take in His TRUTH. “Be still,
and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
As I read this familiar passage in James–this time stilled,
with fresh eyes–the Holy Spirit seared this reality into my soul: I was
reading, studying, even memorizing God’s Word, largely unchanged. I was failing to see my
Savior in the mirror
when I glanced at my reflection in Scripture, and in
turn, in my own looking glass on the wall. I, created in the very image of God,
was wholly missing my identity. Years
of Satan’s lies, bought by myself, and piled one upon the other, had blinded me
to the truth. Of my value. Of my beauty in Him.
Think about it: How often do we look mindlessly in the
mirror for a rushed glance before dashing out the door, failing to recognize
the Divinely-inspired beauty there—sometimes even punctuating our haste with a
disgusted scoff? And how often do we glaze over while reading God’s inspired
Word, immediately forgetting what we’ve just read; failing to believe it?
Failing to put the wisdom we’ve gleaned into practice? Failing to view
ourselves differently because of it?
This is the unfortunate opposite of what God intends for us when
we approach His living, active, life-changing Message: to look INTENTLY into it.
Not in passing, not casually. This is the TRUTH we’re talking about. Our life’s manual. The Sword of the Spirit. Powerful stuff, capable of revolutionizing our
existence. The key to our jail cells.
The gravest implication for us is this: God’s word is full
of truths speaking to who we are in Christ. And when we read these truths in
the mirror of His word, but fail to see our Savior in the reflection, we miss
out on the abundance He promises…the peace and joy available to us, children of
the Most High God. Dismissing these truths and walking away unchanged, is,
simply put, death to me and to you: a
conscious choice to stagnate; to languish. WHO would sign up for that?

It’s time to do more than go through the motions of Bible
study and quiet time. It’s time to start living differently in light of the
TRUTH we encounter in the pages of Scripture. It’s time we women start
recognizing the Savior in the mirror, walking away changed.
We were created in His likeness. It’s staring back at us
every time we look in the mirror—oh, that
we would have eyes to see it…and LIVE in that reality!
In Him, I am:
Seen (Genesis 16:13)
Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
Chosen (Isaiah 42:1)
Delighted in (Isaiah 42:1)
Valuable (Matthew 10:29-30)
Dearly loved (Ephesians 5:1)
…and the list goes on.
Will you join me? In not missing the Savior in the mirror, in
living differently as a result,
relishing all the abundance He purposed for us?
Come to the River…
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed
to the image of his Son, that he might be firstborn among many brothers and
sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also
justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)
Personalize…

Has your quiet time become stagnant? Just another to-do? Has
the Word lost some of its life-altering effect on your heart? Try prayerfully
approaching God’s Word with fresh eyes—resolving to digest His truth anew and
purposing to live, changed, by the
Savior in the mirror.

6 thoughts on “The Savior in the Mirror

  1. Love it! This entry was perfect timing in my walk, as God seems to be teaching me the theme of "intentionality", if that's a word 🙂 If I am to see change in any and every area of my life, I must be intentional. Great stuff and a blessing as always…thanks!!

  2. Beautifully said, Leslie! It can be so difficult to see when Satan's lies are deceiving us, and that makes hiding the word of God in our hearts so important. I was born and raised Christian and have always thought I was fine, but I recently experienced a sort of spiritual awakening that had me ravenous for scripture and looking in the mirror differently. This post really resonated with me in that way. 🙂

    1. AMEN! Hiding His Word in our hearts is imperative–it's a daily battle in which we're engaged here on earth–and Satan never lets up. May we all be ravenous for His Word like you describe, and see life differently through His lens of TRUTH…

  3. Thank you for this! I needed to hear it….sometimes it becomes a "check" off the list vs. really soaking in what God is wanting to show me and rushing off without really applying it in my life. Thank you

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