I don’t know about you, but when I look into a mirror its not often in a favourable way. I get what I call ‘turning into my mother syndrome’. My eyes zone in on every wrinkle, blemish, roll and saggy bit. The thing is, I feel younger in my own head, and then one glance in the mirror brings me right back to reality – I’m a 50-something granny of two!
I’m my own harshest critic. If I’m not careful, I start to criticise and compare myself unfavourably with others.
Are we all a bit like that or is it just me? And it isn’t just women who struggle with this; many men do too, and not only with regard to our physical appearance; these attitudes creep into our thought patterns and we compare ourselves, in our performances, measure our levels of productivity and judge our and other’s worth, in the workplace, at church – everywhere!
Imagine then, if you were to give up every single mirror in your house. No reflection anymore to concern yourself about.
No more being your own harshest critic. No more comparing.
Could you do it? Honestly? For most of us, it wouldn’t be easy.
There’s a great story in Exodus about a group of women who did just that.
(Bezalel) made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women. Exodus 38:8
Bezalel was the gifted artisan whom Moses called on to help make the furnishings for the tabernacle. The Bronze Laver was where the priests washed their hands and feet, and was placed between the altar of sacrifice and the Holy Place.
He needed bronze to make this basin, and a group of women rallied together and gave up their precious, highly polished bronze mirrors.
These women willingly gave up their mirrors to help prepare a place where God’s presence would reside.
This might not seem to us like much of a sacrifice. We take mirrors for granted in our modern western society. But in those days, a mirror was a status symbol and prized possession. Only the well off could afford such a frivolity. The ordinary woman would have had to be satisfied with seeing her reflection only extremely occasionally, and even then, not a very clear one, maybe in the stream as she did the family washing.
The “Serving Women”
Not much is said about these women. We don’t even know their names, but that in itself says so much to me about them.
In our modern culture you don’t get many anonymous givers, do you? Most people, if we’re really honest with ourselves, would like to be acknowledged in some way: your name on a plaque on the hospital wing you paid for. A mention (by name of course!) on Social Media for your sacrificial act of kindness.
Yet these generous women have gone down collectively in history as merely ‘The serving women’. Completely anonymous
A Divine Exchange
The women willingly gave up their ability to measure their own physical beauty so that the basin for cleansing could be made.
There’s a beautiful analogy in this. A picture of the Divine exchange that Jesus calls you and I to.
Are we willing to make that exchange? To give up the mirrors of our attitudes, thoughts and judgements concerning ourselves and others, in exchange for God’s perfect mirror and Bronze Laver.
“He [Jesus] gave up his life for her [the church] to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.” Ephesians 5:25-26
Gaze In The Mirror (God’s Mirror)!
The Word of God is a mirror that shows us our true selves – the way God sees us. Not the distorted way we see ourselves (and others)
We become like what we spend time gazing at.
“We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it”. James 1:22-25
If you or I were to stand in front of the bedroom mirror for half the day, gazing at our reflections, we could rightfully be called vain, but the more we ‘gaze’ into God’s mirror, the Bible, absorbing, taking in, believing and living by every word He says, the more clearly we will see His and our own reflection and the more like Him (in character and nature) we will become.
So let’s keep gazing at our reflections- the right one!
Are we willing to make that exchange today?
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