The Be You Room
The Right Mirror
In the Be You Room, Corner 1, there are dozens of mirrors. Each holds a different image of who we are. Some are cracked mirrors. Some are inflated ego mirrors. Some are debasing or distorted. Jesus asks us to tell Him which mirror we think will show us the correct mirror image of ourselves. How do we view ourselves?
One time Jesus took me through my life, and showed me an illusion. There was a time when I was in South Korea. They had a poster of me where I was six stories tall. It was an illusion of me as this grand figure. Then I had an image to protect. You know you are not being yourself when you have to protect or defend.
Then I was standing next to some who were holding up all kinds of mirrors in front of other people. Each mirror held a measure of an illusion of who those people were. Some of those illusions were bad--showing troubled images--and some were good--showing inflated images.
ROMANS 7 TO ROMANS 8 MIRRORS
Some of the mirrors being held up in front of people were Romans 7 mirrors. Paul said, “I don’t like myself. I don’t like what I do” (Rom. 7:15). He had many people agree with him and sowing that into the air. He showed me how I saw myself in the Romans 7 mirror, and some close to me did as well. "He wants to go do good but he's not going to do good.” We have all had that.
Then, Jesus leads us to the Romans 8 mirror. Only God has the true image of how He created you. As you consider which mirrors you have held up to see yourself, and which others have held up to you, Jesus puts those different mirrors down and removes them. Then He shows us the correct image of ourselves and helps us to be free in who He made us to be without pretensions. We learn to no longer conform to who others desire us to be. Jesus shows us our wonderful original design by God, and our true self-image in the eyes of God.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...
We have an obligation, but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
You did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship,
by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:1, 12-16
It is so important to see ourselves clearly and without distortion. Moses is an example of someone who looked at himself through the wrong mirror--he saw a murderer, a stammerer, and many things that God didn't want Moses to see. Job’s friends also held up the wrong mirror for Job to see himself. They held up a mirror of sin and cursing instead of the mirror of God's righteous one on the earth who would pray and intercede for his loved ones, and all would be put right again.
In this corner Jesus wants to give you the Romans 8 mirror to see your true image of who you are in Him. He wants you to help you select the mirror and gaze into it instead of whatever false ones you may have been staring at before.
Then Gideon said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "What manner of men were they whom you slew at Tabor?"
And they answered, "As you are, so were they; each one resembled the child of a king."
- Judges 8:18
Ask Jesus to help you identify what mirrors that you are currently seeing yourself through. Then ask Jesus to show you which mirror He sees you through.