I enjoy taking photographs of items that are reflected in various bodies of water. As I’ve done this, I’ve discovered at least two key ingredients to a good (and accurate) reflection. One is the stillness of the water and the other is the purity of the water. In nature, both ingredients are highly variable even from one day to the next in the same body of water. The photo below is one I’ve taken many times and sometime the water is calm and pure giving a clear reflection of the spring house, and other times there is no reflection at all. The source of the water comes from a spring the little house is built over — thus a “spring house”. The water is pure and clear coming from the spring, but once out in the open it doesn’t always remain so.
I suppose the same is true in my efforts to accurately reflect Christ so that He is seen when others observe me. The source, Christ, is unchanging in its purity and clarity so any imperfection in the reflection has to come from me. My ability to be still and know Him as God will be a determining factor in how well He is reflected in my life. The purity I live my life with will either help people see Jesus in me or cloud their view of Him. As I spend time at the well of Living Water and allow His Spirit and His Word to continually wash over me, I find that the turmoil and impurity of life no longer gets in the way of others seeing who resides within.
I pray that you and I would desire our lives to accurately reflect Jesus. As we live out that desire, I pray that we would be both still and cleansed so we would not become a distraction to the reflection of Christ others should see in us.