MIRRORS OF REFLECTION
The majority of men and woman expend an enormous amount of time and effort daily, attempting to present themselves in the most befitting manner, that they anticipate will hopefully imprint an irrefutable stamp of approval or maybe even admiration upon the minds of those they come in contact with. Most can recall hearing the consistently repeated words of parents and teachers from the past saying, “Always look your best and be on your best behavior; people always judge you based on their first impressions”.
We find ourselves being bombarded daily by a plethora of mass media communication through printed materials, electronic broadcast media, advertising campaigns, and the internet’s world wide web. Because of their influence, we have witnessed the development of vast networks of social cultures and other more dangerous subcultures that have established and promoted required criteria, that must be conformed to by those who seek to obtain membership status in certain social cliques. These have become the mirrors of reflection of our present society. The challenge of avoiding their inbred traps and pitfalls is enormous for most adults, and prove to be an even greater threat to young impressionable men, woman and children who find themselves in the midst of their own personal identity crises. Society has successfully convinced most, that the mundane lives that they choose to live, can be sustained outside of the sphere of influence of its true creator, Almighty God. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Bible scripture clearly says in Psalms 24:1 that, “The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” When sin entered the world because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, God established the precedent that a blood sacrifice would be required from every human being for any sin committed. God wanted them to clearly understand that committing sin was such a serious issue, that it would require the continuous sacrificing of “innocent” animals under the Old Covenant. Under the New Covenant, God ended the need for all blood sacrifices forever by offering His Lamb, His beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for all. It was the end-all of all sacrifices. In 2 Corinthians 5:15 it says that He (Jesus) died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Many people, young and old, saved and unsaved, are so fearful of feeling like an outsider, that they readily conform to the ways of the world. They adopt the views and agendas of political parties, the doctrinal views of religious denominations, the philosophical perspectives of the social elite, along with a plethora of other societal cultures, sub-cultures and cults.
In Bible scripture we are given two warnings. The first in Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” The second in Romans 6:16 says, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” God gave the world His son Jesus Christ, the Lord of Righteousness to use as its’ mirror of reflection. All are given the same opportunity to make a choice. Choosing to mirror the reflection presented by the world results ultimately in irrefutable spiritual and physical death. Choosing Gods’ means eternal life in Christ Jesus. Which mirror will you choose, the world's or God's?
“HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR”