From: David Kabanje
Date: April 20
Subject: GMU: You are a Mirror

Good Morning, Beautiful People

I love the object lesson that a mirror provides. A mirror has the expressed purpose of reflecting an object—albeit a two-dimensional reflection, but an accurate reflection nonetheless. How the object reacts to its reflection is subjective, and what the mirror reflects, if it's a clear one, is objective. As a human, I was created with the expressed purpose to be the Image of God. What that means in its totality is a fantastic adventure that will take an eternity for us to comprehend; however, for today's GMU, it means we are mirrors—reflectors of God's character. Like a mirror, whatever we focus on, we reflect—either good or bad. Like a mirror, the intrinsic value placed on us is based on the Object, Jesus Christ.

Our value as creatures created in the Image of God is not inherent but based on the matchless grandeur of God's love and holiness. As I walk in this world, I choose to reflect God or the world. In both cases, I have to intentionally shift my focus to the object of my affection and time. What I focus on, I eventually become. As an image-bearer, if my focus is on Jesus, I will never have to worry about whether or not I'm doing or saying the right thing because my focus will only be on reflecting the character of Christ. This is made possible with the Holy Spirit living inside of us. We are the light of the world, and that light comes from Jesus. We have so many opportunities today to shine Christ's light, but we can only do that if we, like a mirror, turn our eyes on Jesus.   

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" (Hebrews 12:1-3)