"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life."
Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)
Have you ever marveled at the light reflected through a glass prism? You can turn and position the prism until the display of light refractions are beautiful, multi-colored, and worthy of praise and excitement on our part. Do you enjoy the beautiful jewels of light reflecting off water? Many have seen the beautiful stained-glass windows in ornate architecture. I have had the honor of seeing the windows of a marvelous cathedral in Spain. I found my camera could not do the image justice. It takes time, and intentional choice, to accomplish beautiful light reflections in windows, and in our Christian lives.
Reflections in a smudged or dirty mirror aren’t flattering. If the mirror is quite dirty, the image is difficult to see, thus facilitating a need for the observer to try and fill in the image gaps (sometimes somewhat accurately, other times not accurate at all). Is it flattering when Christ is reflected in the mirror of an unholy life? I believe the answer to that question is, no.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
Apostle Paul described Christlikeness as reflecting the glory of the Lord. We reflect Christ to a world in darkness. The world depends on Christians for a correct view of Christ. We must therefore be cognizant of the image we portray. We do not live without either giving, favorable or unfavorable, portrayals of Christ.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
“We are called to be a light for the world, providing an accurate reflection of the light that is within you. Light that is clean, consistent, inviting.” (Albert Barnes, theologian).
"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)."
Ephesians 5:8-9 (NIV)
We are making an impression—either positive or negative—on those around us.
Is there anything that needs to change for our life to become a clear reflection of the Savior we serve?
Let’s focus our life’s glass prism on Jesus for an amazing perfect reflection.