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“THAT MIRROR IS INSULTING ME”

Have you ever had the impression that your mirror is mocking you? Have you ever felt like throwing a stone at your mirror and shattering it to pieces? Have you ever been traumatized by the image staring back at you from your mirror? How did you react to that experience?
Today I will talk about mirror, not the kind of mirror that is found on the wall in your bedroom or bathroom. I will talk abut “human mirrors”. Let’s get it through an anecdote.
Once upon a time I had to work in close collaboration with people who do not share my faith in God and others who were Christians, but who had a different style of worship than mine. Others acknowledged the existence of God but didn’t care much about giving Him honor and respect.
As a Christian and believer in Christ I naturally had my own convictions and inclinations which did not agree with the general atmosphere around me. There were activities I could not participate in because the Holy Spirit won’t let me. Some times I would force myself into them but then I will spend a miserable time watching others “enjoy” themselves. I finally decided to just follow the Spirit and honor God by staying away from a whole lot of things.
Curiously enough most of my colleagues began to show hostility to me just for the fact that I won’t take part in some of their activities. No matter how hard I tried to mind my own business I always seemed to be stepping on someone’s toes. Why was my presence becoming unbearable to them?
I soon realized that simple acts of obedience to the Holy Spirit that I posed were provoking very strong reactions from my colleagues; for instance, rendering a service for free to people who have previously been paying for it.
Without boasting about my spiritually, I however noted that some of them started following my example; for instance they would speak out against the use of obscene language and other wayward behavior. When this happened, instead for those concerned to check themselves they reacted by becoming even more hostile towards me.
There were times I almost walked up to them to let them know I have no hand in that; that I wasn’t the one inciting the others to speak out against their wayward manners. Put I thought better. I had nothing to apologize for, and it the cap fitted anyone, what they had to do was to wear it or get rid of it for good.
Now, back to mirror. What was happening here? There was a mirror on the wall; some people didn’t like the image they saw in it.
As Christians, we are mirrors on the wall. When people observe our lifestyle they either acknowledge their need for God and His righteousness or they hate us for giving them the image they do not want to acknowledge.
Instead of changing their lives in order to get a better image from the mirror, they try to change the mirror or throw stones at it. These are very futile options.
But that is what it means to be a Christian; presenting Christ to the world even on hostile grounds and being ready to receive stones for the sake of the Kingdom. We are not to conform to this present age, but to God’s own standard (Romans 12:2); then we will be able to show forth what the will of God is; we will be the lighthouse that directs people to God.
What is your own experience at your job, in your neighborhood, family…? What battles do you fight on a daily basis as you strive to present Christ through your words and lifestyle?

THE GRACE TO OVERTAKE

 

When a year comes to an end and we get ready to begin a new year, it is a time for reflection. This reflection might be based on the successes and failures of the past year or an entire life time. For some, the conclusion is overwhelmingly positive while for others, there is really nothing to write home about. Some people feel like just throwing the towel, pulling up a white flag and quitting the fight. They have toiled but their efforts seem to be in vain.

No effort is ever in vain; even your mistakes and failures are a lesson to the future generation. Remember Thomas Edison.

For me, the past year has not been an easy one. I have walked down the same road most of you have trodden. There have been moments of joy but also times of great distress. I have cried and I have laughed. Sometimes, I have had to give my shoulders for others to cry on but at other times, I badly needed someone to offer me theirs. I gave encouraging words to people on some days but on others I did not feel like getting out of bed myself. But in all this I kept my eyes focused on God who gives life to the dead and calls those things that are not as if they were (Romans 4:17). Then I remember that I have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Even if I do not yet see them, I have God’s word that it shall come to pass.  I am alive and I have Jesus on my side: I still have all my chances.

In God’s kingdom, overtaking is permitted for those who are smart enough to take it by force. I might be the last in the race, but don’t give up on me yet because the race is not yet over. All I need is the grace for speed and acceleration. (Remember Perez-Genesis 38:29). I can still pursue, overtake and recover all that I have lost or failed to achieve provided I encourage myself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6, 8).

As we look forward to the unfolding of this year 2014, let us look forward to greater achievements in the future. And if we must look back, it should not be with regret but to gather momentum because we have on us an exceeding grace for acceleration, speed and overtaking.

 

 

 

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