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Reflection

Turkey - 10-14-14

 

When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you see only your physical body or do you see the eternal son or daughter God has birthed you to be?

 

We are trained by the world to think about temporal things. Life becomes a matter of survival. Goals and purpose are replaced by worry and anxiety over daily needs. The hope of a bright future fades with each passing day. Life becomes a burden rather than an adventure.

 

God has called us to revival, not survival. We were not made to merely exist; we were created to reflect God’s character to those who live in our sphere of influence.

 

John 1:12-13

 

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 

When we receive Jesus Christ into our lives as Lord and Savior, eternal genes are implanted in us. We become God’s offspring to reflect His character in a dark and confused world.

 

I had a memorable experience this morning during my devotional time. I heard a pecking behind me on the sliding door window in our family room. I thought it was possibly a confused robin, aggressively attacking its own reflection in the window. We have witnessed this behavior many times over the years. However, when I turned around I was surprised to see a flock of fifteen turkeys in our back yard.

 

The turkey in the above picture was pecking at the window trying to communicate with its own reflection. The bird was dumbfounded over the lack of response from the turkey in the window.

 

As I was reflecting upon this experience God began to speak to me about the necessity of knowing who we really are when we see a reflection of ourselves in the mirror.

 

Do you see yourself as a survivalist or one who is empowered by an almighty God to fulfill a divine purpose?

 

Philippians 3:20

 

But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The apostle Paul reminds the Philippian church that their true identity is anchored in heaven. This truth gave them the ability to have joy in the midst of difficult circumstances, or just plain mundane living.

 

I would like to encourage you to get in touch with the eternal person who lives in your body. Then act in accordance to your true identity – a child of God.

 

In Judges 6, God called Gideon to lead Israel in their fight against the Midianite enemies. Gideon was afraid and gave God every excuse why he was not the man for this mission.

 

In verse 12, the angel of the Lord addresses him as “a mighty warrior.” The angel also assures him that “the Lord is with [him]”.

 

Gideon had to focus on God’s greatness and power rather than his own weakness and limitations. The result was a great victory for the Israelites over the Midianites.

 

The next time you look at your reflection in the mirror, take a cue from this turkey: Don’t be confused at the reflection, but see yourself as God’s son or daughter. Get in touch with the eternal child that lives in you.

 

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