310. Mere or Mirror?

“As we have talked about before,” Stan began, “there are a lot of expressions in everyday life that are the exact opposite of what God intends.”

“You have another one for me?” I asked with a smile, knowing he did.

“I do,” he replied.  “When I was growing up, it was not uncommon for my dad to say something like, ‘Be a man’ or ‘Walk like a man’.”

“I’ve heard that many times myself,” I responded.  “You think that is wrong?”

“Yes,” Stan responded.  “It is the exact opposite of what the apostle Paul wrote about in his first letter to the church in Corinth.”

“How so?” I asked.

“In the third chapter,” Stan replied, “Paul was laying the foundation for Christian living and he pointed out that at least some in the Corinthian church were living, not as Christians, but as people guided by the flesh.  Paul didn’t mention it, but I think he could have expanded that by adding, ‘the world and the devil’.”

Continuing, Stan said, “And what Paul wrote here has a real impact on me as I live the rest of the time I have on this side of eternity.”

“In what way?” I asked.

“I am to be continually guided by the Holy Spirit in answering His question of whether I am walking as a mere man guided by self, or am I a mirror of the Risen Christ that reflects all that he has for me to reflect into this side of eternity.”

Continuing, he said, “That is the question I must allow the Holy Spirit to put before me on a continual basis, ‘mere’ versus ‘mirror’.”

“And,” Stan concluded, “I must be prepared to answer that question in the way He intends.”

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Are you not walking like mere men?  1 Corinthians 3:3.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for gifting me with your presence through the Holy Spirit who wants to guide me in all things.  I confess that too often I fail to allow His guidance because I want to guide myself apart from you.  Please forgive me.  And please lead me, and help me to follow, in not being a mere man walking in the flesh, but to be a mirror of all you have available to reflect your glory into this world.  To reflect you into those who either do not know you or those who do know you but are walking as mere people.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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