The 5 Mirrors
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The wages of sin is death. We can look at people through the wages of their sin, but it’s death. To look at people this way, according to their sins, is not the redeemed, right way to see a person. We’re to look at them according to their original design. That's the way of eternal life.
The Romans 6 death happens because of a person’s sin. But then God intervenes and says, “I don’t believe that’s who you are.” If we see ourselves or others according to sin, that is a cracked mirror we’re using. It’s not a clear mirror.
In Psalm 16:1, David says, “Preserve me, O Lord.” So, anybody that is in my life, have them Preserve my Original Design, the way God made me to be, and have them draw that out of me. It’s the goodness of God in me that will lead to repentance.
We see the greater nature and not the lesser nature. The courtroom of accusations is not God’s courtroom--the courtroom of celebration is God’s courtroom. You stand before a benevolent Judge who calls out what it is good in you. The enemy accuses but God celebrates.
Romans 7:15 :
"For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do."
Paul is saying, “I do the things I don’t want to do. I can’t understand this.” Sometimes we are not sure whether to call life or death out of a person, so we do both. You can’t have bitter and sweet come out of the same mouth--there isn't such thing as both a clear and a cracked mirror. The cracks ruin any mirror that has them.
Romans 8:38 :
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers,
nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We see the love of God for someone is outrageously inseparable. We can't put ourselves in that gap, between them, to distance them. We can't act as the enemy trying to create reasons to separate people from God's love. He's already taken care of it and made everyone so close to Him that nothing can get through. Our cracked mirrors can't ruin that. Not for others, and not for ourselves. God wants to heal all the cracks.
Ezekiel 16:6-14 :
“And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’
Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful.
Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare. “
When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love;
so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness.
Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.
“Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil.
I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin;
I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.
I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck.
And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth.
You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.
Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty,
for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.
Circumstances cannot exclude you from God's love. God saw us lying in our own blood, naked, in polluted blood. But He loved us in that situation. He came and cleansed us, made us thrive. He enjoying watching us grow and mature and become beautiful. We were fully developed in faith in love, and our hair grew which means our youthfulness, locks, joyfulness. But we were still naked and bare so He clothed us and made us more beautiful with adornments. He put earrings in our ears, with the ear meaning consecration.
Bloody means your birth is polluted in blood. It’s going from someone who is cursed– to being innocent and beautiful like a little baby – to someone he takes all the way through the great process of life. They get clothed with this life and reality of who they are as this one who is just so beautiful. It talks about their beauty and fame amongst the nations (v. 14).
It’s a mirror that sees someone from the place where they are, maybe in their own blood, to seeing all the rooms of their house. It's a Psalms 119:54 house, a house of our pilgrimage. Our life is like rooms of a house. We see all the stages of someone’s life, and speak what the Lord is speaking about them. We see a person getting better and better, more beautiful and more beautiful. If we ask, God can give us the ability to see a person’s past, present, future, and draw it out of their original polluted blood to their original beautiful design--why He put them on the earth.
Ezekiel 37:5 –
“Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.”
The bones symbolizes complete annihilation. Sometimes people are not just in a bloody mess. They feel like they are nothing and worth nothing.
It says Esau hated his birth right because he had no regard for it (Gen. 25:34). Hatred is apathy. It isn’t vehemence, or love mixed up in anger. Hatred is when you cannot care less. Hatred is having no value.
Love is to put value. Love is simple appreciation, to put value, true worth, on a human being.
There are people who have became dry bones. They mean nothing to nobody. You’re not even looked at as a bloody mess. You’re not looked at as someone to clean up, to have your existence even recognized. To look at someone like dry bones, it’s not worth wiping the dust of your shoes on.
Jesus talks about how He brings them forth in their life. The dry bones live, and the grave opens up. When Jesus holds up this mirror, this is the mirror when the dust of the dead bones, the ashes, turn into beauty.
People can be dead to one another but never to Jesus. You always have appreciation, worth. And because we are made in His image, something will die inside of you if you don’t see the worth of another. When you put your appreciation on someone, it is Him living on earth.