I grew up in a Southern Baptist church and we sang that song “Let Others See Jesus In You.”. It was kinda’ slow, and not one of my favorite songs, but the older I get, the more I realize there are so many times that others don’t see Jesus in me. Oh my goodness it breaks my heart how I have failed others my whole life – at home, at work, at church.
When I look in a mirror what do I see or what do I think? Some days I have to admit it’s scary. Those stinkin’ thoughts like:
- My hair looks bad. I need a hair cut, a new hair style, color or perm.
- Look at those lines. Oh my goodness I need a face lift, but nope I don’t believe in that.
- I am sooooooo fat. I need to go on a diet and I sure need to exercise more as I run a few steps in place there in front of the mirror.
- I am getting sooooo old. Good grief – we went today to sign up for Medicare. Was a very strange feeling. Where has time gone? I still feel like that young 19-year old that was getting married yesterday, and yes, still in love with that same wonderful man.
- I’m a mess. That does not look good on me. Why did I buy that?
Are you like me, when you gaze in that mirror? What do you see or say?
What does God say about you and me? What if we looked into a mirror and see what He sees? What we should be thinking when we look in the mirror is:
It’s not about who we are looking at in the mirror. It is and should be about who we are trying to mirror. I need to look in the mirror and say, “Thank You Lord for how You created me”. I need to look in the mirror and die to my self every day. I need to look in that mirror and examine myself in faith and God’s eyes. We need to be asking God who we are, and looking to be more like Him by studying what the Word says. We need to spend time in our mirror – the Word – and not just glancing in a glass mirror.
As we begin to see ourselves as Jesus sees us, we will begin to look at others differently and they will see Jesus in us. Is He reflected today in your actions with your family, friends, and neighbors? Is He reflected today in your blogging, your email, your Facebook comments, your church, your jobs, the way you handle money and keep your home and body? Our behavior should mimic His, and I have to honestly say my behavior does not some time.
Do others see Jesus in you:
- When you go out to eat and a waitress messes up, or does not give you the exceptional service that YOU deserve, do you send back the food in a rude manner and just complain about everything? Do you tip her/he less because of their poor service? Do you belittle them to their manager? Is that what Jesus would do? For me, I used to tip 10-20 % depending on service. But, today I realize that Jesus wants me to treat every waiter the same.
- When a driver cuts you off, do you cuss, do you make hand motions, do you call them an idiot or worse? Is that what Jesus would do? When that happens I pray for that driver that God will change their heart and actions.
- When your child disappoints you or makes a mistake, do you scream and yell or do you sit down and talk about it? I have to admit when mine were younger, Jesus saw me yelling at times. I don’t get a do-over and yep there are things I would do different today.
- When you are upset with your spouse, do you clam up or do you yell and throw things? Both are wrong. I used to clam up. Not proud of it, but it’s good for the soul to look back at how far I have come.
- When a telephone solicitor calls, how do you respond? I’m still working on that one. If you have ideas, I would love to hear them. Yes, the phone just rang, and it was an unknown number. I decided to answer and be nice and polite.
- When someone messes up at work, do you show grace? We’ve all been there. Remember when you messed up and how you felt.
When I think less of myself, I don’t need others to fill my cup. I only need Jesus to fill my cup. When I think less of myself I am not as sensitive, or self-conscious, or comparing myself to others. When I think less of myself, I am not looking for compliments to feel good, or look for others approval. When I think less of myself I only have to look to Him for my approval.
If you want to let others see Jesus in you:
- Be the same person every day that you are in church, unless you are the one in church that is causing conflict.
- Be a person that can keep a confidence. It’s so hard to find a friend that can keep a confidence. I love that my husband and my children can be trusted to keep a confidence, and me too.
- Be a person of self-control. Control your tongue to not gossip. Control your anger – it’s not that hard. Control your emotions.
- Be kind and compassionate and not greedy or stingy.
- Be honest. Don’t exaggerate. Don’t cover up your children’s mistakes, and please admit when they fail at school and listen to the school administration. Don’t misrepresent the facts or add to them.
- Be humble – not cocky, not proud, not self-centered.
- Be pure. Watch what you read and what you see on television.
- Be a person who serves and not one that expects to be served.
We have to become more like Christ in everything we do. Let your lights shine!
Linking up with Suzanne Eller on Live Free Thursday