SEPTEMBER 14
   
Today's Bible Readings
     II Samuel 10
     II Corinthians 3
     Ezekiel 17
     Psalms 60-61
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord ." (II Corinthians 3:18)
 
LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR
      Have you looked in the mirror yet today? That is probably a great experience for you, but it seems to become a more depressing experience for me with the passing of years. Now that cancer treatment has taken my hair, it is even more depressing. The Holy Spirit is revealing to us today a different kind of mirror. It is the mirror that reflects the glory of the Lord, and then transforms us into that same kind of mirror in which others can see His glory. That is an awesome thought!
      You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord because you will sense that he mirrors the Lord's own character. The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows your life to become a mirror for others.
      On occasion, I have attempted to use a mirror that was not only dirty but also greatly tarnished, and it was almost impossible to see a true image reflected on that mirror. We are exhorted today to beware of anything that would spot or tarnish the mirror of God's glory in your life.
      It is not always bad or evil that tarnishes or spots the mirror.  It is almost always something good that stains it - something good in the place of what is best.
      It is so important for us to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Our busy-ness with things and the activities of our culture can obscure our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through. We must allow other tl1ings to come and go as they will; other people to criticize us as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life of Christ in us. There are many times to reflect His glory, requiring that we are willing to stand alone. That may be one of the most difficult things for the child of God to do. In the early days of your Christian life, many will disappoint you and some will tum away from you. It is then that you will begin to learn the pain of standing alone. Paul once said, “. . . no one stood with me, but all forsook me ...but the Lord stood with me and strengthened me...'' (II Timothy 4: 16-17)
      We must build our faith, not on fading lights and blemished mirrors, but on the Light that never fails.  When ''important'' individuals forsake us, we are sad until we see that they are meant to go.  So there is only one thing left for us to do - to look into the face of God for ourselves. It is then that a servant of God stands so very much alone, and yet never realizes that he is alone because the Lord of Glory is there with him.
      Never allow anything to prevent you from looking, with strong deter111ination, into the face of God regarding yourself and your ministry.  A Christian servant is one who constantly looks into the face of God and then goes forth to talk to others.  It is then he ministers, though he may have to stand alone, with the abiding glory of God on his life.  He may be totally unaware of it, as was Moses - ''Moses did not know that the skin of his face shown while he talked with them."  (Exodus 24:39)
      Has anyone ever come to you and said, ''There is something different about you - what is it?'' If that hasn't yet happened, it should. It is only as we focus on the glory of God in the mirror that we become mirrors ourselves.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
In the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, they boast of 95% Christian population. The people here are Christian in name only because, in practice, they are more influenced by superstitions and African fetishism. Pray for true conversions among them. Christian literature is lacking in the Creole language, and most understand Portuguese only partially.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Our temper is one of the few things that improves the longer we keep it."
W B. Knight