TRUE OR DISTORTED? What do they see? Does it matter?

True reflectionWhen the water of a lake or gently flowing river is unruffled and clear, it reflects most beautifully the floating clouds and overhanging objects. It presents an appealing picture and offers feelings of peace and tranquillity to viewers.

When the water is agitated it becomes somewhat opaque or distorted. It loses its power of reflection and the attraction is lost.

So it is with Christians
One who is a blood-bought, adopted child of the omnipotent, living God,
has been commissioned as an ambassador for Christ [2 Corinthians 5:20].
An ambassador
is one who represents the nation or person who commissions them
and is the ‘yardstick’ by which the sender is judged.
The world judges Christ by what they see in us!

reflect 6When the life is controlled by Holy Spirit, how clear, strong, beautiful and appealing are its reflections of the things of Christ. He is revealed through us and is able to draw others to Himself.distorted

But when the life is deadened by the influence of the world or corrupted by sin, its clearness and appeal disappears, and the character of Christlikeness is lost.

Matthew 5:14,16  NKJV
You are the light of the world.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.

Ephesians 5:8,14  NLT
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord.
So LIVE AS PEOPLE OF LIGHT!

1 Peter 2:9  NKJV
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.

We are the only Bible
The careless world will read.
We are the sinner’s Gospel,
We are the scoffer’s creed.
We are the Lord’s last message
Given in deed and word.
WHAT IF THE TYPE IS CROOKED?
WHAT IF THE PRINT IS BLURRED?
Annie Johnson Flint

We have an awesome responsibility to reflect the light, love, mercy and grace of Jesus to all we meet.  We must NOT reflect an untrue picture or a distorted picture, for their eternity is at stake.

2 Corinthians 4:3,6
If our Gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those who are lost.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
has shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.

Father of eternal grace,
Glorify Thyself in me.
Sweetly beaming in my face,
May the world THY image see.
Author unknown

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I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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27 Responses to TRUE OR DISTORTED? What do they see? Does it matter?

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  2. Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing, Dearest Angela

    “When the life is controlled by Holy Spirit, how clear, strong, beautiful and appealing are its reflections of the things of Christ. He is revealed through us and is able to draw others to Himself.”
    What a profound truth!! Simple, yet so perfectly true.

    Hard to see Christ in us when we are all roiled up and affected by the cares of life. (Ouch …)

    Blessings,
    ann

  3. Streim says:

    Reblogged this on HOPE and PEACE In An Uncertain World and commented:
    Such simple words… such profound truth!! Wanted to share…

  4. Streim says:

    Dear sister Angela… I praise our Almighty Heavenly Father for your words of truth. I have been ill, so I have not written, but I would like to reblog this.
    Blessings to you…
    Stephanie

  5. Amen Angela! In these days we so need to be an ever increasing light for the Lord. May I be one!

  6. snowgood says:

    I’m not sure how it fits in, but as a photographer I’m fascinated how the reflection often has deeper, and more vibrant hues than the subject.

    I’d call that magnification.

    How very few of us magnify Christ.

    Our reflection is oh, so, pale.

    • So true, Stephen. Thanks for adding that thought.
      A pale reflection is better than a muddled, corrupt one, but it is NOT what we SHOULD be . . . bright, shining lights (reflections) of His purity, love, mercy and grace.

  7. ptl2010 says:

    The timeless song reflects your message Angela,
    Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

    Thank you for your timely reminder for we forget so easily.

  8. Gloria says:

    Some of my favorite pictures involve reflections that you have to really study to know which way is the actual and which is the reflection. A great goal in our lives, to reflect Jesus so clearly!

    • If all God’s blood-bought, adopted children reflected a TRUE image of Christ, the world wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. We would see amazing changes as He is exalted and draws others to Himself.

  9. Debbie says:

    This was so good for me to hear today, Mentor Angela! Thank you! Praying to reflect His light, love, mercy and grace each day to those He sends me to and through the work He gives me to do. You are such a blessing! God bless you too!

    • Debbie, I praise God for the way He used you to shine His light to all through your ‘simple poems’. I know He continues to bless you and use you to bless others as you continue to reflect Him.

  10. bring bread says:

    Such a beautiful picture and example of how we should reflect our Savior. I remember hearing an old story of how, back in the day, silver-smith’s purified silver… They’d heat it and when the crud came to the surface, they’d skim off the dross, turn up the heat and repeat, until at last, after many increases in heat and skimmings, they’d look into the pot and see themselves reflected–then they’d know it had been purified.

    • I remember that illustration too. Praise God for His work in His own blood-bought, adopted children, as He continues His work of refining us and making us more Christlike. One day soon we will be presented faultless before His throne and will know the blessedness of worshipping Him with no distractions.

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  12. Rob Barkman says:

    It is my prayer that the Lord intervene in the Christian’s life and give him the grace to always show forth His glory through our thoughts, words and deeds. Lord bless you Angela. Thanks for the reminder of our need to ever serve Him.

  13. Pure Glory says:

    May the reflection of Christ shine out of me!

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