2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – TNIV
Anyone who is born again is a new creation, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says. Who we were before we got saved is in the past. In Christ, we are victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57). We are smart (1 Corinthians 2:16). We are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Though, we may still exhibit some of the characteristics of our old self; jealousy, hate, depression, sickness, addiction, immorality and so on, the Bible says we are new. And yes, our spirit is completely new, but our mind and body are not. That is why our minds must be renewed. The Apostle Paul urges us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). There is a transformation that has to occur after we receive salvation. What are we being transformed into? We are being transformed into God’s image (2 Corinthians 3:18). Genesis 1:26-27 tells us that God created man in His image and likeness. However, with the introduction of sin we lost that image to the point that we needed to regain it. Now that we are reconciled to God, He wants us to begin to live in the power of His likeness. Our spirits are new, our minds are becoming new, and on that glorious day, our bodies will become new (1 Corinthians 15:42).
This transformation is a progressive process, ever-increasing in glory. In order to know who we are in Christ, we come to the mirror or the glass of the Word with open faces or with a blank canvas (KJV). Whatever image we see in the Word is who we are. We take on that image. We begin to learn who God is and who He created us to be. So when you feel defeated, go to the mirror of the Word and see the image of being more than a conqueror through Him that loved you (Romans 8:37). That’s who you really are. If you look into a natural mirror and see an image that you feel is ugly or unworthy, do not accept that image. The Bible says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Receive that by faith. Stop allowing your past circumstances, upbringing, mistakes or what others have said about you to define you. You’re identity comes from God. He has given you the mirror in which you behold your true reflection. The more you look into this mirror, the more you become like the image you see.
Most people look into a mirror in the morning before they leave their homes. In particular, females usually stand in front of a mirror with a blank face and begin to apply make-up. In the same way, every morning, look at yourself in the mirror of the Word with a blank face or more literally, a blank mind. Wash and clear your mind of all the dirt and residue of the past. Who does God say you are? Put that on and then you’re ready to step out into the world.
Scriptures to Meditate: James 1:21-25, John 8:32; 13:17, Matt.7:24, Ps.119:130