But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. // II Corinthians 3:18 NKJV
I stumbled upon the above verse the other night, I’m sure I’ve read it before but it never stood out to me. This led to some curiosity about being “mirrors of glory”. God IS glory, and as humans we can only experience some of that glory here on earth only when we get to heaven will we experience God in the fullness of His glory. Honestly I don’t think that we could even handle it in our human form. But the thing is, the closer we get to God the more of His glory we can experience on this earth.
We as Christians are called to reflect the Glory of God like a mirror. But the thing about mirrors is that they can only reflect objects in front of them, and the closer the object the better the reflection. Just as dirty or cracked mirrors can distort the reflection of an object there are things in our life that can hinder our testimony. Whether it’s sin, our past, pride, etc. we have to be aware of things hindering us from God. And the closer we get to God, the more and more like Him we become. As He increases, we decrease.
Also in order to see a reflection you need light, a mirror will not do it’s job in the dark. I love this analogy because I believe it says a lot about our spirituality. In order to reflect God, we need the light of Salvation through Jesus Christ. If we are still living in darkness there can’t be a reflection. “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all“, 1 John 1:5. In order for a mirror to reflect light it must first accept light.
Secondly we have to be made pure and clean through repentance, and allow God to repair and restore us. With true repentance comes change, when we repent we turn away from our sins and our past. Heart change occurs and we change inside out.
And lastly, we have to draw near to God. The closer we get to God the more of Him we reflect. When you are in love every aspect of your life revolves around that person, your thoughts, your actions, decisions, desires, etc. The same is true when we fall in love with God!
What produces God’s glory in our lives? Just like a mirror cannot produce an image we as humans can not produce God’s glory in our lives. Nothing we do or possess has this power, not our good works, not our holiness, not our morals, not the church we attend, nothing. The only thing that produces God’s glory in our lives is closeness to God. A mirror cannot reflect what it cannot see. Putting God first is the key, my attempts will always fall short, my eyes have to remain on God. I saw a quote that read : “It is the look that saves, but it is the gaze that sanctifies”. Initially all we have to do is look to Christ for salvation, but it is the continued focus on Christ that brings glory, and freedom into our lives. There is no shortcut, this is a lifelong journey, and a choice that we have to make on a daily basis.
What hinders God’s glory in our lives? Usually what stands between us and God’s glory is ourselves. If our eyes are continually focused on ourselves we will only reflect ourselves. We can get so easily caught up our little world and the world around us that we take our eyes off of God. Then we replace Him with ourselves, and you were never meant to hold that type of responsibility. You will get stressed, worn out and your life will reflect the chaotic mess that you’ve now found yourself in. As mirrors of God’s glory, our job is to reflect the goodness that God has given us, not the crazy mess we’ve made for ourselves. So the first step to reflection is removing ourselves and replacing it with Him.
‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” // Haggai 2:9
The closer we get to God the greater the glory we will experience. Looking to God in prayer and through His word begins the transformation process in our lives. You can not get close to God and not change. The closer we get to Him the more like Him we will become. This requires action on our part though, we have to talk with Him in prayer, seek answers in His word and worship Him with our actions. James 1:23-24 says, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” Knowledge is worthless without actions. Human relationships don’t happen over night, and neither will our relationship with God. If you seek Him out He will meet you where you are, but don’t expect to stay there. We have to be willing to move in order to experience all that God has for us!
“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” // John 14:21
The closer I get to God the less of me there is and the more room I give Him to move in my life. Won’t you shift your gaze with me today, and everyday? The only thing stopping you is you. We can continue to reflect the mess we’ve made or we can let our glorious Lord shine through us. You’ll feel a difference and the people around you will see a difference. Let His light shine through you, let His love cleanse you and draw near to His loving embrace. He hasn’t moved, He’s been waiting all along, just get closer dear friends!