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Summary: Get to know the "real" you as you look into the mirror to find your true identity.

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The Man in the Mirror

An Accurate Reflection of the Real You

5/7/03

I. Introduction

A man was looking for a job and he noticed that there was an opening at the local zoo. He inquired about the job and discovered that the zoo had a very unusual position that they wanted to fill. Apparently their gorilla had died, and until they could get a new one, they needed someone to dress up in a gorilla suit and act like a gorilla for a few days. He was to just sit, eat and sleep. His identity would be kept a secret, of course. Thanks to a very fine gorilla suit, no one would be the wiser.

The zoo offered good pay for this job, so the man decided to do it. He tried on the suit and sure enough, he looked just like a gorilla. They led him to the cage; he took a position at the back of the cage and pretended to sleep. But after a while, he got tired of sitting, so he walked around a little bit, jumped up and down and tried a few gorilla noises. The people who were watching him seemed to really like that. When he would move or jump around, they would clap and cheer and throw him peanuts. And the man loved peanuts. So he jumped around some more and tried climbing a tree. That seemed to really get the crowd excited. They threw more peanuts. Playing to the crowd, he grabbed a vine and swung from one side of the cage to the other. The people loved it and threw more peanuts. Wow, this is great, he thought. He swung higher and the crowd grew bigger. He continued to swing on the vine, getting higher and higher—and then all of a sudden, the vine broke! He swung up and out of the cage, landing in the lion’s cage that was next door.

He panicked. There was a huge lion not twenty feet away, and it looked very hungry. So the man in the gorilla suit started jumping up and down, screaming and yelling, “Help, help! Get me out of here! I’m not really a gorilla! I’m a man in a gorilla suit! Heeelllp!”

The lion quickly pounced on the man, held him down and said, “Will you SHUT UP! You’re going to get both of us fired!”

Tonight we’re going to examine the subject of who you really are. We’re talking about “The Man in the Mirror- An Accurate Reflection of the Real You.” Are you like this man pretending to be something you’re not? Or have you been deceiving yourself for long that you actually believe that you’re something else? Who are you really? Who is the man in the mirror?

II. Who Do You Think You Are?

1 Corinthians 13: 11-12 “11When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”

Ancient mirrors, which were manufactured at Corinth, were made of metal and gave dim reflections, which is why Paul says that now we see in a mirror, dimly. This is an illustration of our imperfect knowledge during this age. Now, when we’re in heaven, we’ll know things instantly and knowledge will be full and complete. But right now it’s imperfect.


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