For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. - 1 Corinthians 13:12
Writers in the Bible faced an imperfect image as they inspected their mirrored reflections. The surfaces they looked upon lacked clarity. They were unable to create the crisp images found in the mirrors we stare at each day. Our mirrors provide an exact two dimensional copy. They show us what the world sees without alteration. Still, the precision of a mirrored reflection in both the biblical and today share the same flaw, distortion.
Even though we see a replica of reality through our reflection, we scrutinize and lack the objectivity to see ourselves without judgment. Just as we pick apart the likeness of God in our own reflection in spite of our Creator, we lack the ability to view things clearly without the sanctified perception of the spiritual. 1 Corinthians 13:12 speaks of our lack of fullness. It reminds us that until we are fully united with Christ, we will never see the entirety of things as they truly are. The accomplishments and prophecies of this life will pass away, and we will see with the wide open eyes of someone who is face to face with the Savior.
With this knowledge, we can remind ourselves to be humble. In this life, even when we are working hand in hand with Christ, we still cannot see and understand every detail of His plan. Though we may see the images, the edges are blurred by a mind that resides in a human body. Thankfully, God is continually working on us. He’s sharpening the focus day by day, and helping us to see more and more of His reality.
As I live my life for your glory, remind me that I am continually growing and learning Your ways, Lord. Give me the awareness to be humble in my accomplishments and delight in Your blessings. Begin to sharpen the edges and provide clarity as we progress further toward fullness. Amen.
Have you neglected any areas of your spiritual life because you felt as if there was little room for improvement?
How is your view of yourself and life in general affected by your personal beliefs/background?