1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (KJV)
Today while I was combing my hair in front of the mirror, the image before me was in sharp, clear focus. When I turned to the side, though, the image reflected back from the glass front cabinet was hazy and dark. I could scarcely make it out. I failed to see my less-than-tidy hair or the age spots. Imagine how I would feel were I to go into public with such an appearance! I would be mortified to find myself so untidy.
When we are looking at our character through any other standard than God's, it is like looking into the glass which flanks my mirror. We see only a hazy, unclear reflection of who we really are. Then we are able to turn away, content that we "don't look that bad".
When Christ Jesus is our mirror, we clearly see both our comely parts and our not-so-comely parts.
We see our spiritual age spots, missed whiskers or pimples, and other imperfections. When Jesus is our mirror, we clearly see the "blemishes" on our souls, and we fall on our knees before Calvary, deeply repentant. Then the blood of Calvary washes away our imperfections, and we will be able to stand the scrutiny of our Maker, because those imperfections will have been replaced by Christ's perfection!
Prayer: Great Creator, how sad we feel when we gaze into Your mirror of perfection. We are mortified that we have made such a mess of Your handiwork. Forgive us our sins, for Jesus' sake. Wash away our sin with the blood of Calvary, and make us whiter than snow. For Jesus' sake, we pray. Amen.