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Reflecting Jesus

Reflecting light from a foil mirror

Application:

We see sin reflected in our lives and only faintly the light of Jesus through the glass.  But, we need to reflect the light of Jesus and His love to others.

Materials:

Silver plastic reflective foil.
Masking tape.
An old photo frame.
Make a "mirror" by taping the foil onto the frame.
A torch.

Text:

Matthew 5:16.

 

Mirror Reflection:
Please dim the room and I need a volunteer to stand here.  I will hold this mirror and adjust it so that everybody can see your face in the mirror.  H'mm, it's rather dark in here and they can't see you.   If I take my torch and shine it on your face, they will be able to see you much more clearly (Shine the torch through the mirror and aim it at the person's face).

You still can't see?  Well, that's right, I need to shine the torch directly on your face instead of trying to shine it through the mirror!  Let's try that again and this time I will shine the light directly onto your face (Set up the mirror again and shine the torch directly onto the volunteer's face).  That's way better and now we can see your reflection clearly.  Thank's for your help.

What God Sees:
Have you tried to look at yourself in a mirror when it is nearly dark?   You can only see some of the details of your face.  It's the same with our lives.  We forget what we are like inside, but God sees us clearly all the time.  God wants Jesus to shine on our lives to show us what we are really like inside.

But, if we don't not read our Bibles and obey what Jesus wants us to do, it's like shining the torch through the mirror.  Only a little light can get through to us (Shine the torch behind the mirror so that all can see how little light passes through the reflective foil).  Unfortunately, we will only see the sin and wrong things we have done.  1 Corinthians 13:12 says:

"Now we see only a poor reflection as in a mirror,
but then we shall see (Jesus) face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known (by God)."

Reflecting Jesus:
Have you ever sat outside on a sunny day and used a mirror to reflect the sun's light?  If one of you will take the torch and shine it at me, I'll show you what I mean (Get someone to point the torch directly at you and reflect the light with the mirror onto the audience).   You see, as Jesus shines His light on me, He cleanses my life with His blood.  And then my life will reflect His light to shine on you.

If I'm going to reflect Jesus' light on you, I need to keep my mirror facing toward His light.  If I turn away from the light, I cannot reflect the light.  Second, I must ensure that nothing comes between the light and me.  If that happens, I cannot reflect Jesus' light.

Jesus is the Light:
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said:

"Let your light shine before men,
so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven."

Jesus is the Light of the world and in order for our light to shine, we must make sure that Jesus is our Light.  We are just mirrors that reflect His light and love.  To be a good reflector, we need ask Him to cleanse us from all our sins and fill our lives with His love.

Remember that Jesus lives in our hearts and we must not let anything come between Him and us.  And then we will reflect Jesus' light to the everybody we meet and talk to.  Let's pray:

Dear Father,
Please help us to keep our faces turned toward You, and help us keep nothing in our lives from coming between You and us.  Amen.

Lastly, let's do what Psalm 43:3-5 says:

"Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me.
Let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You dwell ...
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God."

God Bless!
 

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