Cindy Navarro Blog
11/2/11 at 01:05 PM 0 Comments

Reflections

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Recently, I was having a really bad day, and became consumed with thoughts of my many failures. I knew I needed a break, so I stopped everything to grab a cup of coffee and my Bible to calm myself and regroup. My plan was to read the chapter of Jeremiah we would be studying the next Sunday, so I flipped open my Bible. As I glanced down to turn the page to where I needed to go, my eye was drawn to a verse that did literally make me Laugh Out Loud. Psalm 45:2 in the Contemporary English Version says: "No one is as handsome as you! Your words are always kind. That is why God will always bless you." My first thought was, "Oh my goodness! If Stuart Smalley was a new Christian, this would be his life verse!" I could just picture him peering intently into the mirror quoting that Scripture. God knew I desperately needed something silly to make me laugh, and provided what works best for me. However, it was also used to remind me that while my thoughts about myself have been completely opposite of Stuart's affirmation of himself, both are exaggerations.

I am also reminded that we, as Christians, are being called to be conformed in the image of Christ. Romans 8: 1-17 says:Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, 2 because the Spirit's law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin's domain, and as a sin offering, 4 in order that the law's requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those whose lives are according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those whose lives are according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God's law, for it is unable to do so. 8 Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God. 9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you. 12 So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 All those led by God's Spirit are God's sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, " Abba, Father!" 16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God's children, 17 and if children, also heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Furthermore, in Romans 8:29, we are told that we are being transformed into the image of Christ. Romans 12:2a states, Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. We are created in His image and I know that I want to be the reflection of my Heavenly Father.

Who do you see in the mirror? Is there a person who is consumed by your own self-perception, or a person who is being daily conformed into the image of our Savior?

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