What do you see when you look in the mirror? When I ask this question, a typical response is: “I don’t like to look in the mirror because I don’t like what I see.” Our culture is so obsessed with body image that when asked to look in the mirror very few people can look beyond the projected image to examine the real you. When they look beyond their image, often the first thing they see is failure or disappointment and say, “I’m not who or what I thought I would be at this stage of life; I should be better than this or I should have….” The list of negativity goes on and on.
For those of us who have placed our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, the first thing we should see when we look in the mirror is a child of God. I John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” God has lavished His love on us, meaning it was poured out liberally without consideration of the cost. The cost of you and I becoming children of God was the life and blood of Jesus Christ.
Remember those carnival mirrors that when you stood in front of them your image was so distorted that the image looked nothing like who you really were? Our enemy, the father of lies, does not want us to see ourselves as children of God, but wants our perception to be so distorted by lies that we appear to be something that in spiritual reality we are not. The image of being children of God is devalued by the enemy’s lies to the point that we actually believe the lies. That is like believing the image in the carnival mirrors is who you really are, which is a lie.
So the next time you look in the mirror, look beyond the physical image and see yourself for who you really are. Jesus said the truth will set you free. See yourself as God’s boy or God’s girl!