Author : Lorraine

‘We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18 TPT)

Isn’t it incredible how, when you look at some people, you just know what family they are from? My kids get it all the time, ‘It’s not hard to know who you belong to,’ and ‘No mistaking who you are, sure you’re the spitting image of….’ I love how not only do families share genetic similarities, but also reflect gestures, language and interests. And even as adults, they are still mirrors reflecting images of the life they have come from and the influences of those around them. I wonder, as the world looks on at us, is it obvious who we belong to? Are we mirrors and reflections of the Jesus we love and represent?

Part of our vision here at Green Pastures is ‘loving Jesus’ and so I have to ask, do we? We would all automatically say ‘Yes’, but what does it really mean to ‘love Jesus’. David Wilkerson once said that love is not something you feel, it is something you do. This makes a lot of sense as the words ‘I love you’ can trip so easily off the tongue, but if our actions don’t match up, then that’s just confusing. I really don’t want to send a confusing message to the world. If I say I love Him, then my life should reflect that.

People are so desperate for a glimpse of hope and although they don’t know it, they long for a glimpse of Jesus and to some, you are it. We want to grow and become more like Jesus and be a great reflection of Him to a world that is in pain and lonely; a reflection of a love that sought out the isolated, whether sitting up in a tree or full of shame by a well; a love that is patient, kind, where there is no place for envy or boasting or pride. A love that honours others and is all about them and not about me. A love that shows no anger and forgets the wrongs. A love that protects, trusts, hopes and never ends. These are characteristics of Jesus and we have the amazing privilege and responsibility of mirroring that to people in our world and carrying his fragrance wherever we journey. We need to be close to the source of the fragrance to let it rub off on us. We need to be close to the source of the voice so we carry it well. The reflection is sharper the closer we are to the source. I cannot love you but spend no time with you, never converse with you, never speak of you or fail to be influenced by you.

The challenge I want to leave with you is to be an incredible reflection of the one you love, a random act of kindness, love in action in the little things – a bag of groceries to a wee family under pressure, words of encouragement to that person who just needs to know someone believes in them, looking after that baby for an hour so mummy can sleep, knocking on a door to ask if they are OK, a hug, a card, a smile, a bag of strawberry bonbons. There is a song that tells us, ’All you need is love’, but really, all love needs is you.