When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said to yourself, “You're perfect!”? If you are like most people, chances are the answer is - never!
Sometimes, we can often be our very worst critics. Looking at ourselves through the mirror of our lives, we are experts at spotting our sins, imperfections, and blemishes. Focusing on our faults causes us to fall into the trap of guilt, condemnation and shame, because we see ourselves as imperfect and unworthy. Too often, we fail to enjoy the blessings of God’s grace because we don’t understand how our Heavenly Father really sees us. The key to enjoying God’s grace in your life is to understand your new identity in Christ!
As a human being, you are made up of body, soul and spirit. The body is that part of you that is visible in the mirror – the part of you that you and everyone else can easily see. Your soul is where your thoughts, emotions and decisions reside.
As a believer in Jesus, however, your new identity is not connected to your body or your soul. Genesis 1:26 declares that you are made in the likeness of God. Furthermore, the Word tells us that God is a Spirit:
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24 NKJV).
You are not your body. You are not your thoughts or emotions. You are a spirit being, who lives inside of a body, and you possess a soul.
The second you believed that Jesus paid the price for your sins, a miracle happened:
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" Galatians 2:20 NKJV.
At that very moment, the Spirit of Jesus came to live inside of you! But that’s not all...
"For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ" Romans 5:17, NKJV.
If you believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins as a free gift to you, your faith in Him has qualified you to receive an abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness! That means that when God the Father looks at you, He doesn’t focus on the imperfection of your actions or your thoughts – that has all been paid for and removed by the blood of Jesus. All He now sees is that the bright, shining, perfect spirit of His Son Jesus who lives inside of you. The Spirit of the Lord is your new identity!
So from now on when you look in the mirror, dare to look beyond what you see. Look beyond what you think of yourself. Look deeper to see the presence of Jesus who lives inside of you. As you continue to see yourself as the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, you will be amazed at how your outward man will begin to come into agreement with your spirit, creating true transformation in your life!