12th Feb, 2023
You're a reflector
Christians.reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord." 2Co 3:18 PHPS
As the old saying goes, "You become like the company you keep." Paul explains it this way: "All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit" (v. 18 NRS). J. B. Phillips' translation puts it this way: "Christians...reflect like mirrors." And the King James Bible translators say it like this: "Beholding as in a glass." So which translation is right? All three!
The ancient Greek word Katoptris can be translated either way. Bottom line: The more you spend time in God's presence, the more you will reflect His likeness and carry His presence with you.
What does "beholding" your face in a mirror mean? It's more than just a quick glance; "behold" means to study, stare at, and contemplate. The Bible tells us after Moses spent forty days on a mountain in God's presence, the people of Israel couldn't bear to look at his face because it was suffused with the glory of God (See Ex 34:29). What Moses beheld was what Moses became! The Bible says that "whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1Co 10:31 NKJV). That means "whatever you do," you're a reflector! Jesus said, "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Mt 5:16 NIV). In other words, people should be able to look at you and see the God who lives within you.
And that should be the case at home, at play, in the workplace, and anywhere else you happen to be.
Reflect His likeness and carry His presence with you.