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God In The Mirror - Part 3, Moral Mirror
Miles McPherson - May 5, 2013

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God made us all in His image so that when He looked at us, it would be as if He were looking in the mirror, as His attributes would be reflected back to Him.  Continuing our series on the aspects of God’s I.M.A.G.E., today we will learn about being God’s Moral Mirrors.

I ndividually unique
M oral mirror
A uthority to rule
G od’s friend
E ternal

(1 John 3:2, 1 Corinthians 13:12 , 2 Corinthians 3:1)

Maybe you have heard about someone having “a glow,” such as a pregnant woman or a person in love. There is a discipline called biophotonics which studies the light that comes out of living things.  This discipline shows that we can measure the health of fruits and vegetables or the youth and health of people by the light that they emit.

Today, you and I have some physical light coming out of us simply by virtue of being living things, but the Bible says we are also to be the light of the world in a spiritual sense.

 

1. We are called to be the light of the world.  Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

God created us in His image so that we could be the light of the world; when people see us, people should be able to see God’s characteristics – His love, compassion, wisdom, etc.

Light helps us to see reality, find our way, see where to go, and understand our environment.  This is true not only of natural light, but spiritual light as well. God created us in His image so that we could be the light of the world; when people see us, people should be able to see God’s characteristics – His love, compassion, wisdom, etc.

2. We were created to be holy and reflect God’s morality, not ourselves, to the world. 1 Peter 1:15

God created us not to create our own morality, but to reflect His morality to the world.  Our own righteousness has no value; the Bible says that compared to God’s, it is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).  No other creature can understand, interact with, or be led by the Word of God except humans, so God’s Word is to be our compass and guide.  Then when others see our reaction to immorality, kindness, or betrayal, they should have a picture of God’s morality that leads by example.

God’s Word is what frames the mirror of morality.  When we begin to make decisions outside of the frame of God’s Word, that is sin.  If you receive advice or influence from another source that is outside of the framework of God’s Word or in opposition to God’s Word, that is a sign to step away from it.

In simple terms, a stoplight tells us when to stop and go, but if we don’t follow the guidelines it gives us, then bad things will happen.  God’s morality is just as simple in concept.  If our actions are opposed to God’s guidelines, we will experience pain and destruction.

3. As “I AM” imposters, we create our own morality apart from God. Genesis 3:1-10, Isaiah 64:6

Many people in our culture have their own theories about God and faith.  It is a common belief today that we should all love, respect and tolerate one another above all else, but this is actually a made-up theory—and God doesn’t give us the prerogative to make up things about Him.

Just as a distorted mirror can look somewhat normal at some angles, people’s made-up ideas can sometimes sound like they could be true.  But they are both distorted and just not quite right.

Pastor Miles gave this example:  what if a person’s belief is that he should act violently toward people who have a different skin tone than he does?  If tolerance is the ultimate good, then this man’s belief would have to be honored and tolerated.  If anyone challenges this, one would have to ask: from where did his/her sense of morality come?  You may hear that people should be able to romantically love whomever they wish.  But what if a man wishes to “love” a little child?  Who has the moral authority to say this is not acceptable?  When is it okay to draw a line and decide not to respect or tolerate another person’s beliefs?

Culture often encourages us to live outside of the parameters God has established, but this only leads to death and destruction.  Apply this to the morality of sex.  Within the context of a loving marriage between a man and a woman, sex brings abundant life, protection, security, unity, and enjoyment.  But outside of those parameters, we experience problems, heartache, and death—over and over.

4. Jesus, the light of the world, restores our God Moral mirror. John 9:5

God is the one who decides right and wrong.  He has this authority because of who He is and what He has done.

If Jesus really had no sin, performed miracles, spoke of his own death and resurrection, and then died and rose from the dead, He really is the supreme authority because He is the only one who defeated death.  He is the one who restores us to God and a right relationship with Him.

Jesus also gives us the freedom not to believe in Him, but if He is who He claimed to be, then when we die, we will experience the consequences of which He spoke: eternal life or eternal separation.

Take time today to evaluate your morals.  Are they coming from God, reflecting His qualities and His guidelines back to Him, or are they coming from you?

God In The Mirror

This 6-part series examines what it means to display the image of God through our lives. In Part 3, Pastor Miles discusses how God created us in His image so that we could be the light of the world; when people see us, people should be able to see God’s characteristics.

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