by Barbara Latta
If you are a Disney fan you have probably watched the scene of the evil queen talking to the magic mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the
fairest of them all?” she asks the glass image. She was always
pleased with the answer as long as she was the fairest in the land. When the
answer she heard was unfavorable, she fell apart because her value came from
|Evil queen depended upon looks|
A glass mirror can only project back to us the physical image looking into it. When we depend on that to gauge our view of ourselves we are limited. The physical part of us is not our true being. The Bible says, “…because as He is, so
are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). When we look at ourselves in our body with
all its faults and weaknesses, it becomes difficult to believe that verse
because we are judging by what we see in the physical realm.
|Mirror image is not our true self|
But the Bible gives us promises about who we are and what we have been given:
- We partake of His divine nature (1 Peter 1:4).
- The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us (Romans 8:11).
- His power in us will do above and beyond what we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
- We are new creatures; the old is gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- We are delivered out of darkness and into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).
These promises and the hundreds more in the Bible are the spiritual mirror we must see ourselves in because this is who we truly are.
A distorted mirror like those in arcades and circuses will portray the wrong image. We may look super tall or incredibly fat but what we see is not the true person. We can laugh when we view these images because we know they are not true. We have seen ourselves in an unflawed mirror numerous times during our life so we know what we are seeing is not a reflection of our true body.
Distorted thinking does the same thing an arcade mirror does. An image is set in our mind that is not true about our identity. We need to see ourselves in God’s mirror daily so the reflection of Him will replace distorted thinking. The more we see ourselves through the mirror of the Word, the less we will believe lies about ourselves. Knowing who we really are in Christ will empower us to resist temptation (James 4:7).
|Find your identity in Jesus|
If we could ask the mirror who is the fairest, the answer would be Jesus. And because He has made us to be like Him, we can be the fairest, too.
Are you seeing yourself through the correct mirror? Find the right one and you will know who you really are.
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