The problem with mirrors is that they force us to see ourselves. Now some mirrors reflect your appearance differently. Funhouse mirrors can make you look tall, short, wide, or narrow. Instagram and Facebook have different filters that can make you appear a thousand different ways. While those mirrors can be fun for a while, we need a mirror to give us a true reflection of ourselves so that we can make the proper adjustments.
The first step in getting yourself ready for the day is looking in the right mirror. We can see different versions of ourselves if we look in different mirrors. While we need to examine ourselves in light of other excellent lives, the standard of living is Jesus. God told us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” If we live up to the standard of the best of men, we will still have problems. Let us strive for perfection in Christ the perfect and only reliable standard.
When Christians gather on the Lord’s Day to observe the Lord’s Supper, they enter a sacred time. It is sacred because it is a time to remember Jesus, to proclaim our faith in him, to edify our Christian family, and to examine our own lives in light of Jesus’s perfect standard. Paul wrote, “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself; in this way let him eat the bread and drink from the cup. For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:27-29 CSB).
The Lord’s Supper is a time to look in the mirror. It is a time to look at our lives and be sure we are reflecting the character of Jesus into the world–Philippians 2:15-16.