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Reflections of the Follower

1 Peter 4:14-16

If you’re abused because of Christ, count yourself fortunate. It’s the Spirit of God and his glory in you that brought you to the notice of others. If they’re on you because you broke the law or disturbed the peace, that’s a different matter. But if it’s because you’re a Christian, don’t give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name!
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Well, last week we rested, renewed and let Jesus hit that RESET button..so what’s next?  Hmmm.. reflections.  Let’s do a little exercise.  Go look at yourself in a mirror, any mirror available.  Go ahead, I will wait……
Okay, what did you see?  Did you like the reflection?  Did you find flaws?  Did you point out anything you wanted to change about the reflection?  Was there anything you were happy with?
Now, how do you think people see your refection as a Christian?  Does the reflection of who you are match up with who God is?  Do people want to see something change in you?  Does the reflection make people happy or sad?  Do you like your reflection of God?
I know, these are tough questions but let me lighten the mood and show you I surely am not attacking you or how you reflect God.  I “mirrorly” want to show you how to get to the place where you can reflect God in such a way there will be no questions about who you are in Christ.
First of all, let me let you off the hook…you are human and humans make mistakes and it’s okay.  We cannot come to the place where our reflections match our God until we choose to rest, renew and reflect.  We need to remember that from the moment we say yes to Jesus He says yes to pushing the reset button and the process begins.  Some things we learn quickly and a result it seen almost immediately.  Other changes take time and perseverance.  It all begins with listening to God and being obedient and open to His will for your life.
Now, the world is filled with mean, unsaved people and our mission is to share Jesus with all of the those people and shed Light into the darkness.  I know it’s not easy especially when some of the people knew the former you.  They know what you did last summer and perhaps are still mad at what you did.  Who knows?  We often get caught up in thinking that WE have to doing something to change the world when in reality it’s all up to Jesus!
So what I want us to focus on today is simple….what messages are we sending to those around us?  Are we reflecting Jesus when we talk about our co-workers?  Are we reflecting Jesus when we drive angry?  Are we shedding Light into the darkness when we speak harshly to others?  We need to understand that being a Christian is a 24/7/365 reality.  Yes, we will make mistakes and that’s okay as long as we remember that was just part of our old-self rearing it’s ugly head for a moment.  Know that it is not a part of the new you.  Let Jesus hit the rest button on that area of your life and try again.
How can we keep our reflection one of Jesus?  REST.  RENEW.  RESET. I know it sounds simple…it is!  Let Jesus change you from the inside out.  Disregard the bad from the world and let God be your vindicator, you are just called to love.  Choose to love you.  Choose to love Jesus.  Choose to love the ugly of this world. When you do all these things your reflection will become all that God intended it to be!
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Lose the Ugly

James 1:19

Listening and Doing ] Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
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Can we all agree that life is not all about smooth sailing?  There are storms which arise and sometimes we lose our direction.  We lose sight of where we were going and get lost in the destruction of the storm.  We feel like the purpose of our voyage has changed a bit and we are unclear of how to get back on track or change directions.  I have been feeling lately like things are just being tossed about in my life.  I am happy and secure in my life at the moment yet there is this constant storm off in the distance.  I feel at times that in any given moment of time my boat might just tip over and I will be left on my own to swim.
Now, I, not being a swimmer am fearful of this word “swim”.  This thought process puts me in a place of unease at times.  Where am I at this point if I know God is in control?  How is there any shred of doubt within me?  I really don’t have an answer at this point.  God has moved so swiftly lately in my life it is almost like when the disciples were in the midst of their storm at sea and God just calmed everything down and they were at their destination in the blink of an eye.
I look back past the last huge storm in my life and I wonder how I ever survived.  Now I am on dry land and safe, yet there are aspects to my life that just don’t make any sense.  I know who I am in Christ and I cling tight to that mentality.  I push away the lies of the enemy but how do I deal with the losses which came from leaving the storm behind?  Was what was lost for a reason?  Were the people that once were good friends just for a season?  All of this brings me to one major question:  Who am I to question what God is doing right now?”
So here I am, swimming in uncharted waters.  I am leaving my boat right now and diving into the waters that I know are safe because He has me right were I need to be.  No matter what others around me are thinking, I am secure in my relationship with God and nothing is going to shake that foundation.  God loves each of us individually and He knows our every struggle. He will give us daily the strength we need to refocus and push forward.  Within all of this, we still have to follow after Jesus and adhere to the principles He has set forth in the Bible…sometimes that is really hard to do.
It feels good to know God is in control even when my flesh is concerned with so many different struggles.  I don’t want to go through the changes sometimes that it takes to make me into the woman of God He has destined for me, yet I know I need to lose the ugly before the beauty of God can break through.