"The Son reflects God's own glory and everything about Him represents God exactly."
"We can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.
And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him
and reflect His glory even more."
2 Corinthians 3:18
These two verses stood out of several I was reading on the theme of the glory of the Lord.
I got to thinking about mirrors.
- The way a mirror reflects my image and that of the room I am in.
- That although it is not an exact image but a "turned around" one,
it does give me a good idea of my appearance and that of my surroundings.
- The way it only reflects a portion of what is really there.
- That it reflects light.
The Bible uses the idea of a mirror to show us how we can be the representation of God's glory to those who don't know Him. The world doesn't know God. They have no idea of the reality of His glory or what that means to them. By being a mirror and reflecting God's glory we can show them Who He is.
We can only represent as much of God as we know. So it is important to acquaint ourselves with our Saviour, studying to be like Him. Paul assures us that if we do that, the Spirit will make us more and more like Him.
We are unlike Christ who is the exact representation of God and but we can give the world a good idea of who He really is by our demeanor, our behaviour and our love for one another.
As Christians, we have been given the ability and responsibility to reflect God's glory.
In Genesis and in Acts we read how Moses and Steven each had a close encounter with God. As a result, their faces shone - reflecting the fact that they had been in God's presence.
An old Gentleman friend who went to be with the Lord many years ago, told me to walk through life with what he called, an "Open Face" - one that reflects the light of Jesus.
By spending time in God's Word and walking daily with Christ, I can reflect God's light and share His glory with the world.