Looking Good

Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Psalm 34:5


Dr. Bob Miller

Depending on the time of day, looking in the mirror can be challenging.  What you see IS what you get.


Our reflection in a mirror is similar to the reflection of our soul.  When you look at Jesus, what do you really see?


Some see condemnation, comparison, criticism or confusion . . . we think we need to “clean up our act” or change.  But . . . He’s already cleaned us up.  He’s already changed us.  We are works of grace, not because anything we have done . . . but because of what He has done.  It’s God’s gift.  Paul reminds us, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (Eph 2:8 NLT)


We Are Anew.  The writer of Hebrews explains, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” (Heb 10:10 NLT).  Every sin on our account has been paid . . . in the past, in the present and in the future . . . PAID IN FULL.  It has all been completed in the sacrifice of Jesus.  We are new in Christ.  Paul writes, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Cor 5:17 NLT)


We Are Adored.  God loves you.  He appreciates you.  He adores you.  One of the simplest, yet most profound verses in Scripture reveals God’s commitment of compassion.  Jesus tells Nicodemus . . . a man struggling with the rigors of religion, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17 NLT)


We Are Accepted.  There’s an old hymn entitled, “Just As I Am”.  Because of the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus, we are accepted just as we are.  Paul writes, “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph 1:6 NKJV)  Because of the compassion of our Savior, our face will never be covered in shame.


Fixing the brokenness and burdens that ruin us is only accomplished by focusing on Jesus who has redeemed us.


He loves you.  He likes you.  He lives in you.


So take a look in the Messiah’s mirror . . . accepted, appreciated and adored . . . His love will always define you.


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