Liv­ing as re­flec­tors

The Sunday Guardian - - & Comment Analysis - By Rev. Dr. Richard How­ell

A young lady, Emma, ques­tioned her teacher; “what is the mean­ing of life?” She was tired of the usual an­swers, “life is mean­ing­less,” “cre­ate your own mean­ing,” “to be born is to suf­fer and die.”

How­ever, Emma was amazed at her teacher’s an­swer, who opened her bag and pulled out a tiny, quar­ter sized, mir­ror. She then said, “As a young lady I picked up this bro­ken piece of mir­ror and made it round by rub­bing it on stone. I was fas­ci­nated that us­ing this toy I could re­flect light into dark places where the sun would never shine - in deep holes and crevices and dark clos­ets. Much later I re­al­ized that this was not just a toy, but a metaphor of what I might do with my life. I came to a re­al­iza­tion that I am not the light or the source of light.”

The Bi­ble links the glory of Je­sus with that of His Fa­ther. Je­sus re­flected glory. We, how­ever, tend to ab­sorb glory. We must carry an abid­ing aware­ness that we are not the light, we only re­flect it. It’s not about our bright­ness and how good we are, but about God’s bright­ness and how God is re­vealed in Je­sus Christ.

Our job is to keep the mir­ror an­gled be­tween God and dark­ness. Pride turns the mir­ror back on our­selves.

We gaze at our own re­flec­tion and fool our­selves into think­ing that oth­ers find us as at­trac­tive as we find our­selves.

Je­sus had the right to say, “It’s all about me,” yet he didn’t. He said, “It’s all about my Fa­ther who sent me; it’s all about my mis­sion. I’m here to serve.” Je­sus ex­em­pli­fied hu­mil­ity. He em­bod­ied hu­mil­ity. When in re­pen­tance we turn to Christ,

God’s love is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and it is then we can re­flect the light of God’s holy love. Are we re­flect­ing the glory of Christ Je­sus through our words and deeds?

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