Giving up the mirror

Philosophy View of mirror

A surface, typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, which reflects a clear image.

Biblical View of mirror

 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:22-25 KJV

HOW MUCH TIME do we as women spend in front of our mirrors before we can feel good about ourselves!  It seems like you could say we are in danger of worshipping our image in the glass. It is far more important that we look at the Lord rather than ourselves

Part of worshipping God is believing that he is worth more than I am and acknowledge that fact in prayer and praise. Worshipping God means living a life that honours him and realising that he is worth my full attention, worship is being more concerned with who he is and what he wants, than with who I am and what I want. Worship is “worth- ship” it is hard in our me-oriented society to be God- centred rather than being me -centred. We have to practise the discipline of spending more time before the Lord than before the mirror.

These women who served at the entrance of the Tabernacle in Moses’ day, they set for us a good example. When everyone is bringing gifts to  complete the Tabernacle, these women thought of a unique offering. What could they bring that only a woman could give?  They bought their bronze mirrors (glass hidden between invented) and gave them to the bronze smith to cast into a basin and pedestal for the altar of cleansing. This was no lighting, in essence, they gave up gazing at themselves in order to gaze at the Lord

The women that offered these mirrors were described in Exodus 38:8 as the serving women. The Hebrew word for serving in this verse is tsaba and it means to wage war. It is a primitive root word that means to mass, to assemble, fight, perform, muster, wait upon. I picture these women as warriors who gathered themselves together at the doorway of the tent of meeting to pray and to worship. I see them as women who understood the day that they were in. I see them as women who realized what was taking place as the tabernacle was being constructed.

And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the looking glasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Exodus 38:1- 8KJV

These were women who knew they had a place in service to the Lord their God. I believe these were women who were ready to go to battle on their knees in prayer or standing with a sword in their hands. These were women who were not worried about their own appearance or what others thought of them, they simply wanted to honor their God. These ladies were showing up to worship and serve the Lord even if at that time there was only a tent of meeting and all they could do was serve at the doorway. When the tabernacle would be completed their service would be honoured by God as He would use their gifts to construct the laver that would be needed to prepare the priest to enter into His presence.

A sense of our own value has nothing to do with our reflection in the glass. It has to do with looking into the perfect law of Liberty (the Bible ) being obedient to what we see and letting God’s spirit change us into the image of God.  We would do well to follow the example of these servants of the Lord long ago and give up the mirror

CONCLUSION

Give up our mirrors! For most of us, that would be hard to do. That’s not something we are asked to do, but it makes me think about how too much scrutiny and self-examination can be disconcerting. It can make us think too much about ourselves and not enough about others.

When we can forget about our own faces quickly and remember that God loves us as we are—in all our imperfections—then we can begin to “look out not only for our own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-5)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 

not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mind-set as Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:3-5NIV

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