Summary: Mirror mirror on the wall. What do you see? More importantly...who are you reflecting?
Judging from all of the mirrors in here, you’ve probably figured out that tonight is talking about mirrors.
As I take this mirror around the room and as you look at yourself in it, what do you see? Do you see failure? Do you see ugliness? Do you like what you see? As you stare at yourself in the mirror, what thoughts come through your mind?
As you’ve looked at yourself in this mirror, have you said comments like?
I wish you were…
I wish you could…
Or have you said…
I know you are…
I know you can…
Tonight, there will be a shift in your thinking, if you allow God to help you.
We’re going to talk about the two-fold purpose of mirrors.
1. A mirror is a faithful depiction or reflection
A mirror shows you for you. It doesn’t hide anything. Some mirrors magnify certain parts and some mirrors shrink certain parts, but generally they show you who you really are.
What do you see?
Who do you see?
1. Mirrors show us parts of ourselves that other people can’t see
2. Mirrors let us see the real us, for who we really are.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
”For you are God’s worksmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Workmanship literally means a product, or something that is hand made.
Did you know that you were hand made? Did you know that you were intricately formed from God’s hands?
Psalms 139:13-16 (MESSAGE)
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.”
Not only did God create you good, but he made sure that you knew something about him.
He has nothing but good for your life.
Listen to this:
Jeremiah 29:11 (Message)
”I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
The next time you look in the mirror, you remember these two things:
1. God created you. All of you. Every part of you. The inside and the outside. Whatever they are to you, the good parts and the bad. He created you because he loves you. Period. That’s the bottom line.
2. God has good plans for you. Don’t ever think that your life won’t amount to anything. God’s got it mapped out. And all the plans He has are good plans. When he’s in charge, the plans are great.
There’s something that happens inside of you when that attitude changes. There’s something that begins, that is birthed, when you realize that you were created for a purpose. That you were created for a reason.
When you see yourself in the mirror, don’t forget that.
2. To reflect or resemble
What do you reflect or resemble today? More importantly who do you reflect or resemble?