Looking unto Jesus and not at ourselves, our thoughts, our reasonings, our imaginings, our inclinations, our wishes, our plans.
You may recall the intense fascination we had as youth with our own growth. We watched ourselves grow up. We studied the process. Every pass by a mirror caught a glance. We were enamored with our progress. We studied our reflection for any sign of advance into maturity. Our reflection kept us company in the lonely insecure days of a budding adulthood. Many of us have long ceased our love affair with the mirror. But not with ourselves. The mirror had to go, not because we had out grown a preoccupation with ourselves but because we didn’t want to watch ourselves grow old.
This pull to selfness must go away and can with a look. When we look to the Lord Jesus we do not see ourselves as we are but as God intends us to be. He is perfect and wise and beautiful and intentional and He is dreaming His best dream for me. He is wanting me to be transformed into His own image.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
II Corinthians 3:18
Can We Pray? Dear God, my self preoccupation is nothing more than a morbid study of a dying organism. God I want to look at life and see it grow and flourish. And I know that there is life for a look at the Savior and life more abundant and free. I confess that my own heart is a deceiver. Teach me today more of what it means to distrust self and trust only in You. In Jesus Name, Amen