Yesterday, as I was standing before
the glass door that stood between
the foyer of the church and the front yard of the property,
I examined the smudges of fingerprints
along with a coating of dirt
on the pane of glass...
I thought of how my heart, often,
is coated with the dirt of sin
and the smudges from trying
to clean the dirt with my own hands.
I'm reminded how, try as I might,
I cannot really clean the smudges of my heart.
Just as that window needs
someone to make it clean,
so do I.
I need the Master Cleanser,
The only One that can clean within.
And just as I use the bottle of
glass cleaner as a tool to clean the glass,
I'm reminded of the tool that He uses...
His Holy Word
"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?
by taking heed thereto according to thy word."
~ Psalm 119:9
He reminds me of how easily it is
to allow those dirt spots
and finger smudges to accumulate
and that I need daily cleansing.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me."
~ Psalm 51:10
I make my way to
the mirror in the ladies' room...
after shining the mirror,
I smile at such a clear reflection.
I hear that still small voice asking me,
"How is your reflection?"
"It looks pretty good to me",
I quickly think.
"No... your reflection of Me?",
that still small voice clarifies.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts"
~ Psalm 139:23
He reminds me of how
I can look into His beautiful Word
as a looking glass
and see the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ
how I can freely look upon
the Perfect Savior in His Holy Word...
how it is a clear reflection of Him.
He reminds me how I, too,
should be a reflection of Him.
Not a perfect one but a transforming one.
How as I see Him in His Word,
as I daily commune with Him,
the Holy Spirit moves,
changing me, by degrees,
to be as His likeness...
Clean within and shining for Him.
Have you visited the Master Cleanser lately?
Have you gazed into the clear reflection of Him,
in His Word?
Are you a shining reflection of Him?
"But we all,
with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord, are changed
into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18