Have you ever had the desire to stop a person, hold a large mirror in front of them and say, “Seriously, you saw this before leaving your house?” I know, that’s mean, but I truly believe this needs to be done to the entire body of Christ – now more than ever. No, I’m not attacking the dress code of Christians (although personally not a huge fan of large, ornate hats and headdresses), but rather a serious identity crisis. One of the biggest obstacles we need to overcome, is seeing ourselves accurately when we look in the mirror. 1 Cor 13:12 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” The mirror has always been our “go-to” to see who we are. Some people avoid mirrors, others spend hours trying to do whatever it takes to improve what’s staring back at them. However, the truth is, you can’t look into a mirror and see an accurate image of who you really are with your natural eyes. It’s time for you to look at the real you.
The above scripture says that we do see dimly, but we will eventually see perfectly. So why learn how to see more clearly when you could just wait it out, and eventually see perfectly? This is the age-old dilemma of the church. Why should we concern ourselves with walking in divine health when we will eventually receive glorified bodies? Couldn’t we just wait it out? Why should we live a life of victory over all the works of the enemy if we’re eventually going to look at him and say “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms” (Isaiah 14;16) I have branded the “wait it out crowd” as saved but stuck. I won’t condemn them, we’ll fellowship in heaven, but I believe we should embrace the totality of our salvation in the here and now. Jesus came that we might have life(new birth) and have it more abundantly(a victorious life). By receiving abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness, we will reign in life!(Rom 5:17) “…who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father”(Gal 1:4). It doesn’t glorify God to live a life of “wait it out,” but rather believe His Word and receive by faith everything Jesus died to give us. So, lets look into that mirror and see a better and better image of the real you.
The Word of God is what shines the light that we may see more clearly. The more you renew your mind with the Word, the more light gets shown – the better you can see. Your Bible is a revealer it reveals the real you; the born-again you. Think of this as if your bathroom had a dimmer switch. To the degree you renew your mind, the more you turn the light up, so you can view a better reflection. What are we straining to see- what is the end result? Who is it we will come face to face with? It’s Jesus! Our reflection is simply a clearer and clearer reflection of the Christ inside of us. We ought to look in a mirror and shout Glory! He’s in me! The second part of our verse reads “then I shall know fully even as I am known.” How are we known? – this is a key. “And you who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Col 1:21-22). =That is how we are known by God! He doesn’t see you in the flesh. He sees you in Christ – hidden in Him. That is your true identity – that is the revelation that will bring the church out of this identity crisis. That is the revealing of the Great Mystery – the riches of the glory of this mystery is: Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27).
Now it gets good: Rom 8:29 says we were predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born of many brethren. How are we conformed to His image? The church might tell you to act like Him. Just be like Jesus- be like Him – live like Him- WWJD?. I say good luck with that. Being born-again doesn’t just produce a changed life, but an exchanged life. The Lord doesn’t make our flesh wise, righteous, sanctified, or redeemed. Instead He becomes our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. You can not – on your own power -live like Jesus. That would effectively be “shining your light before men” instead of “letting your light shine before men.” I don’t live for Jesus, I let Jesus live through me. The more I yield to Him, the more He flows through me, the more others see the Christ in me, the more I see Jesus in the mirror. The Bible says as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. I think you could also say: what a man sees in the mirror so is he. Here’s a quote from Dr TL Osborn, “As long as you think you are a nobody and see a nobody in your mirror, you will walk, talk, and act like a nobody.” It is not arrogant to believe you are who God says you are.
Finally: Why did Jesus refer to Himself so often as the Son of Man? I believe he understood that He was to be the first born of many brethren. He wanted to remind us that all of the great works he accomplished were done as a man by the power of the Holy Spirit. We have that same power available to us. John 3:34 says that God does not give the Spirit by measure. When we lay hands on the sick, it’s actually the Christ in us- Jesus’ hands being laid on the person. But how do you see yourself? Where do you draw your identity – from the flesh or from the Spirit? Stare into the mirror after you “turn the light up” with the Word of God, and you will see Jesus more clearly. It is by revelation of “Christ in us” that we get a more accurate reflection.