But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18
In 2 Corinthians 3:18, “beholding and reflecting” is actually one Greek word, which is basically the verb form of the word mirror. Paul exhorted us all to mirror the glory of the Lord with an unveiled face. Did you know we were created to be God mirrors? What’s a mirror’s function? Simply to behold and reflect whatever is put in front of it. That’s it, plain and simple. Not to do a lot of work, not to come up with good ideas, not to run around and do things. Just to stay put and behold. Oftentimes we think we need to be busy “serving” God by doing a lot of things. But I enjoyed this morning that God doesn’t want us to do things for Him, He wants us to behold and reflect Him. To behold is to see the Lord for ourselves and to reflect Him is to enable others to see Him through us. The more we behold and reflect Him, the more we are transformed into the very image we’re mirroring. How awesome is that?
For us to be the proper mirrors, there are a few requirements. First of all, our face needs to be unveiled. If a mirror is covered with a veil, it’s of no use. Every day we need to turn our heart to the Lord so that the veil can be taken away (2 Corinthians 3:16). Our unturned heart itself is actually the veil. If our heart is not turned to the Lord, we end up beholding and reflecting other things. Secondly, a mirror needs to be clear and clean. We might reflect the Lord to some extent, but how accurate is that reflection? Can others see a full expression of Christ in us, or is it one that’s blurry or distorted? Sometimes I’m afraid when the Lord looks at us, it’s like walking through a fun house. He might see some images of Himself, but so distorted that it’s comical. We all must eventually become the city that is described in Revelation – clear as crystal but yet having the appearance of jasper, a reflection of the jasper God on the throne.
Thirdly, a mirror needs to stay still. Can you imagine if your bathroom mirror had a will of its own and moved around constantly? It would sure make brushing your teeth very hard. Yet this is what God has to deal with in us. If we are to reflect Him we need to spend the time to just be still in His presence. This requires us to still our bodies, still our minds, and still our emotions. If a lake is calm, you can see a beautiful reflection of the sky and landscape around it, but if the water has even a little bit of disturbance that reflection is marred. Even if it’s just five or ten minutes in the morning, I try my best to get in some “beholding” time before my day gets too crazy and all the disturbances come. It really makes a world of difference.
As we behold and reflect the Lord, we are being transformed into the same image. So in a sense, we are not just inanimate mirrors. As we spend time with Him, a transformation process takes place in our being so that we’re not just a temporary ephemeral reflection of God, but a person who is a duplication of Him. The Lord is able to reproduce Himself in us, having His mind, His heart, His will, His feelings. What a wonderful destiny we believers have! It is truly one that is from glory to glory.