Looking in the mirror is something we all do everyday, at least I hope you do before venturing out. Your reflection is the image of the real you. Sometimes when you look in the mirror you feel confident and alive, then there are times where you look at yourself and scream. We may or may not always like ourselves in one time or another but one thing we do know for sure is that we all were created in the image of God and therefore have the potential to be like Him.
For a Christian the greatest possibility of expression should be holiness. This greatest need of your spouse, your children, your friends and co-workers is not your friendship or your acts of service or the ability for financial provision but your witness of your faith in holiness. What they need most is to see in you a reflection of what God is like and of the transforming power of the gospel. Your life can create hunger and thirst for God in others. It can be a powerful instrument in the hand of the Holy Spirit to draw others to Jesus Christ. You are a witness to others more than you realize.
On the other hand, when you look at your reflection and don’t like what you see on the inside can cause damage to those around you on the outside. Sometimes we cannot calculate all the lives that may have been turned around if we had not insignificant acts of disobedience. It is not enough for us to make choices that hurt the relationship with God but to also cause someone else to sin because of bad decisions.
We should show a reflection of holiness, not for our sake only but for the sake of others. Many times selfishness arises and we do what we please without thinking long-term consequences. I am sure Adam would not have eaten the forbidden fruit if he knew if would affect us thousand of years later and all those born after. Because of one man, the curse of death and the separation of God are upon all of humankind.
Other believers are affected by our choices and the lost world determines its view of God based on the lives of those who profess to know Him. I wonder how many people have been dissuaded from believing in Jesus because of something they have seen or experienced from those of us who call ourselves Christians. Your children’s personal and spiritual well-being is affected by your obedience to God. Parents seldom realize until it is too late how determinative their example is in the lives of their children. I have counseled parents before in trying to help them with their decisions. Sometimes parents will continue to run in sin thinking it will not affect their children. I have even warned them of this consequence and how the spiritual overflow of wrong choices will also influence their children. Nevertheless, parents choose not to think about it when they desire wrong choices for selfish reasons.
It is us that will give account for the way our life has formed our children’s choices. In sense, our heart of holiness or the lack of is shaping the heart and character of the next generation. We should not live and love sin so much that we are unwilling to relinquish it for the sake of others just because it pleases the flesh.
We should care about what we see in the reflection. God created in each of us purpose and an ultimate destiny that requires us to be holy. Jesus paid the price to make us holy. We are all an example that may inspire someone who is watching to choose or reject the pathway to holiness. Holiness is the desire and duty of every Christian. It must be in all affairs, in every condition, and towards all people. We must especially watch and pray against the sins to which we are inclined. The written word of God is the surest rule of a Christian’s life, and by this rule we are commanded to be holy every way. God makes those holy whom he saves.
This morning when you look at yourself in the mirror remember who you are, what you are called to do and live a life of holiness so others will be led to finding peace, joy and eternal life. The mirror never lies when you get honest with yourself.
I Peter 1:13-16 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”