We are never more like Jesus than when we turn from darkness to His light, reflecting His face and His glory to the world.
6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
The problem with our natural thinking is that, just like this woman’s, it is susceptible to deceitful desires. These desires are prompted by Satan, amplified through our own sinful hearts, and acted upon by our sinful nature out of pride, arrogance, weakness, lust, etc.
The Spirit of God comes to live in our hearts–effectively, Jesus–and we now have a new desire that combats our fleshly desires. Here is Paul’s description of the new process;
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; Ephesians 4:22
It sounds like it’s up to us, and in a way, it is, but not like we might think. We are ALREADY made righteous, blameless, and holy; WE ARE PRINCES AND PRINCESSES! We are simply learning to act like children of the King.
Jesus told us that “whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:21″ John tells us that grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17. So, how do we mesh these concepts?
- We turn from darkness to the Light.
- Jesus reveals our wickedness with the truth.
- Through His grace, and with the help of His Spirit, we turn from our old ways that have been exposed to the Light; we are “made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 [having] put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph. 4:23-24
- Every time we turn from our dark ways to His ways, from our old self to our new self, we reflect Jesus to the world. When we face Jesus, we are like mirrors–or even prisms!
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory [let the Lord’s glory shine through us], are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
It’s not about how good we are, or even how good we can become. It’s about reflecting His glory. ANY SINNER can do that by turning from darkness to light. From the moment we are saved, we reflect. Our part is to keep the mirror/prism clean so that His image is clearly seen by those around us. The neat part is that the cleaner our mirror/prism is, the better WE see Him, too!
Let’s let His light shine through us as we put off the old self and put on the new self. Let’s keep our mirrors/prisms clean and shiny!