Summary: What image do we see when we look in the mirror? Who is that person in the reflection? As I thought about this passage I began to realize that all of us look at life in slightly different ways. We see each other through different mirrors.
Paul informs us in 1st Corinthians that " For now we see in a mirror, dimly, .... But then we will see face to face."
What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Whatever it may be , it is probably the same thing every day.
Everyone seems to have their own special ritual... their own special routine... to get them going in the morning.
Maybe you have a cup of coffee before you start the day.
Maybe you make your bed as soon as you get up,..... maybe you jump right into the shower.
Others have to brush their teeth before they can do anything else.
Some start their ritual the night before;
Putting coffee and water in the automatic coffee maker .... laying out the clothes they will wear the next morning.
But some part of everyone's morning ritual .....is coming face to face with the mirror.
Most of us probably get our first glance at ourselves while we are still pretty scary looking.
Our eyes have that bleary, dazed look.
Our hair is sticking out in strange places.
And even normally clean-shaven guys ....have some scruffy overnight growth on their face to deal with.
Facing our mirrors first thing in the morning is NOT that pleasant .... of an experience.
Mirrors are very honest little things. They do not compromise.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall who's the fairest of them all. Real mirrors do not lie.
They do not gloss over our defects and tell us we are better-looking.... than we really are.
They show us every wrinkle ..... every gray hair.
In fact, .... the better the mirror, .... the more flaws we will see.
So why do we all have mirrors .... in our bathrooms?
Well,..... because as unpleasant as it may be to confront our own faces first thing in the morning,
We know ..... if we do not take a look at ourselves, ......and make some minor ...... or in some cases major adjustments, .... the rest of the world is going to see .....that morning face!
So, .... It is better to "face" the truth, ....and make the changes.... So we are somewhat presentable ..... to the rest of the world. (Pause)
Beloved.... If we are going to be .... all that God wants us to be, .... then we must have a clear vision of who we are ..... and a clear vision of what needs to change in our life.
As I thought about this passage I began to realize that all of us look at life .... in slightly different ways.
We all look at life through different mirrors!
Of course, .... there are mirrors that do not give us an accurate picture of what we look like.
What image do you see when you look in the mirror?
Who is that person in the reflection?
We each see ourselves differently ..... because we are seeing a reflection ..... of who we think we are.
But where is that reflection coming from?
What kind of mirror are you looking into?
Remember our reading today from Corinthians BIBLE "For now we see in a mirror, dimly; but then we will see face to face ...... now I know only in part; but then will I know fully (Pause) even as I have been fully known." END
None of us can see ourselves as clearly as we should, ...
But there are some people .... who do not see much at all.
Some people look at themselves, ...... at their image, ....... as though they were looking into a very tiny mirror.
You know the mirror I am talking about.
Every woman seems to have one in their purse.
Some of those mirrors must be very special because they look like they have made a home in there ..... for 10 or 20 years.
Yes, I have looked at my own life at times through a tiny mirror.
You fix a little something here. You cover up a little something there.
And if you can't fix it ....or you cannot cover it up .....you move the mirror away ...... so you don't have to look at it anymore.
But if were honest ..... that image that we think were covering up .... or ignoring .....is seen not only by God ..... but by those around us.
Sometimes we think we are hiding something very well, ... that others see so very clearly.
It's not that we cannot get a bigger or better mirror.
It's that we have become comfortable with the false image ....
Maybe we have even convinced ourselves ....that if we ignore it long enough it will go away. Amen!
There are some things in our lives that we would like to hide.