By Jim Newman

Recently, one of my daughters got a small antique bedroom dresser which had an attached mirror on top. She loved the beautiful oak wood from which the dresser was constructed, but the mirror, well, let’s put it this way, it was hard to see yourself in it. The silver backing on it was getting old and faded and the reflection it gave was rather dark. Thankfully, we were able to have the glass mirror replaced and now it reflects much more accurately the image that is in front of it.

Many of us have a hard time passing a mirror without sneaking a look at ourselves, don’t we? But what do you see when you look into the mirror? Depending on what shape the mirror is in, you can see a fairly accurate reflection of yourself, at least your outer appearance, (for better or worse). But is that the real you? No matter how well you may have combed your hair, washed your face, or how nice your clothes are, the mirror can only reveal what’s on the outside.

Proverbs 27:19 says this, “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man (or woman).” Who we really are is revealed by what’s in our heart; what’s on the inside. So, how do we see into our hearts? The fact is, we can’t. We need God’s help! In Jeremiah 17:9-10, the Lord says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, and according to what their deeds deserve.”

The Bible helps us to catch a glimpse of what’s going on inside our hearts, including the motivations and intentions of what we do, (Hebrews 4:12). The psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life,” (Psalm 139:23-24). That’s a prayer we all need to pray. And as the Lord shows and convicts us of the things that displease him, we can confess them to the Lord and ask him to forgive us and cleanse our hearts. We can also ask him to continue to fill us with the Holy Spirit.

One of the things which the Holy Spirit wants to do in us is to make us more like the Lord Jesus. He wants to produce in us the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (which all reflect the character of Jesus). Isn’t that what you’d really like to see in the mirror the next time you take a look? Our countenance (the appearance on our face which reveals the inner condition of our heart) will reflect Him!

Being a Christian means not only becoming a child of God through believing in Jesus, it also involves our becoming more like him. It’s having our hearts transformed by his grace. It’s seeing him in the mirror… every day!

Jim Newman is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-592-2367 or by emailing [email protected].

Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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