What Is Your Reflection?

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver” (Malachi 3:3 NIV).

What Is Your Reflection?

I think most people probably use a mirror at least once a day, maybe even multiple times.  We look at ourselves to see our reflection.  We want to know what image we are reflecting out to others.  Then, we take action to improve our appearance.

Scripture tells us that God’s Word is like a mirror:  “Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (James 1:23-24).  A mirror reflects our outside physical appearance, and God’s Word reflects our inner spiritual appearance.  Which one of these do you think is more important to you, to society, and to God?

Have you ever seen yourself as one of the characters in the Bible?  For example, if you read the parable of the lost son in Luke 15, you will likely see yourself as behaving as one of the characters at some point in your life.  Sometimes we focus on the sins of others rather than our own sins as happened to the woman caught in adultery in John 8.  I saw a great meme on Facebook recently that read – the only one qualified to throw a stone did not.

Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word discerns our heart’s thoughts and desires.  As we search Scripture, it searches us as well.  I suspect that some do not read the Bible because they are afraid to look into the mirror of God’s Word and see their spiritual reflection.  Our spiritual reflection to the world is evidenced by our ability, or inability, to show the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5 22-23). 

What is our spiritual reflection of our self?  Our sins can soil our image to our own eyes.  Our spiritual reflection to ourselves lies in our ability to claim our new identity in Christ.  The Fruits of The Spirit are not only to be shown to others but also to ourselves.  How can we give these to others when we have failed to give them to ourselves? 

God is known by many names and descriptions in Scripture.  One of my favorite images is that of a silversmith.  In Malachi 3:3 we learn, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver

When silver is mined from the earth, it does not look like the silver we find in a jewelry store. In fact, it is not always recognizable due to the impurities that mar its appearance. An experienced silver miner knows that the ugliest lump of silver is of great value, and the potential for beauty is great.  God does not see us full of impurity but full of worth.

I was in a Bible study years ago when I first read this verse.  An older gentleman asked me how does God know when the silver is refined and finished?  He answered his own question and said when He can see His own reflection in who is being refined.  Amen?

Prayer:  Dear God:  Thank you for your love and patience as the impurities are removed from our spirits.  We know that through your grace and the blood of Jesus you can look at us and see Your reflection as we are presented perfect, blameless, and without fault.

Meet the Author

Todd Shupe is a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men and is in training to be a Certified Lay Minister through the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He currently serves as the President of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men and is a Board Member for Gulf South Men and serves on the Action Team for The Kingdom Group. He is a volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, and Iron Sharpens Iron. Todd resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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