Have you ever attempted to improve something? Maybe you’ve tried something, it didn’t work out, so you tried a new approach hoping for a different outcome. If you’ve observed or analyzed anything in the past- you have participated in reflection! You used reflection to evaluate, analyze, and alter your course. Regardless of the outcome from the new approach, you have still participated in it! Was this reflection painful for you? Helpful? Was it enlightening? Was it all the above?
Living a life for Christ requires reflection. In fact, I would almost say that you cannot fully live a life for Christ unless reflection is part of your daily routine. Jesus, was and is, perfect. He had no reason to change. We aren’t perfect. Therefore, we need to reflect on our actions, motivations, and how properly represent Christ as we live our lives, and on occasions (many occasions), make changes. To do this, ask yourself questions like this:
How are my actions representing Jesus?
Could someone tell that I am a follower of Christ by my actions?
How is what I’m doing glorifying God?
Reflecting is generally something many people don’t like to talk about, or do. There is a chance we could regret our actions and thoughts. We might identify areas in ourselves that should be different, and develop anxiety at the need to change to grow. But, reflection helps us to do exactly that! Grow! Grow spiritually and maturely in our relationship with Christ!
Our goal is to represent Him accurately. This draws me to my final point. God loves us unconditionally! Even in our sinfulness, God loves us! Jesus died on the cross for you and I! Even while we were sinful! I would encourage you, spend time today reflecting on how to better represent Jesus in and with your life! Ask Him, through prayer and by reading scripture, to help identify and reflect on areas needing attention.
Reflect. Repent. Be Restored!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.