Are you living a life of Reflection or Refraction?

Reflection, in its true definition, is a “mirror-like” representation of an object’s image being bounced back from another surface. Refraction, on the other hand, is a distorted or bending of image of an object.

However, in either case both are representations of an object but the difference is in reflection there is a perfect or almost perfect representation of an object, however, in refraction, as the word indicates, the image is refracted or distorted.

Living a Christian life is not about reading your bible once in a while, praying when you can or when you want something from God, going to church, not cursing or doing something “bad”, or dressing, walking, talking a certain way. Living a Christian life is displaying the true image of God in your life.

Before you became a Christian you were under absolute power of darkness (Colossians 1:13) You think, walk and live according to darkness. The word “darkness” as used throughout the New Testament points to a spiritual and moral condition dominated by sin.  It is used to describe the realm of evil. You were also an enemy of God (Romans 5:10), lost (Matthew 18:11) foolish, slaves to passions (Titus 3:3) far from God (Ephesians 2:13) without hope (Ephesians 2:12), and walking in darkness (John 8:12), etc. But when you became a Christian, you redeemed and reconciled (brought back or reestablished) to God through Jesus Christ. Our salvation or relationship with him does not hinge on personal holiness, good works or any type of religious performance. The scripture says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-10). Reconciliation involves a change of disposition, from enmity to a right relationship. The change is based on the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. “When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:10) and v. 11 says, “Now have received the reconciliation”. God has not changed because of the death of Jesus Christ; he is still both righteous and gracious. It is man’s responsibility and obligation to change his/her attitude, and accept the provisions God has made, whereby his/her sins can be remitted and can justified in the sight of Christ.

Now, the scripture also confirm that as the result of Christ’s redemptive work we become “NEW”. Indeed it is written: “Therefore if ANY man BE IN CHRIST, he is a NEW creature: OLD things are PASSED AWAY, behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW.” 

A Christian is a new creation. To be “in Christ” signifies our total access, position and relationship status. It signifies the presence of the Spirit of Christ in the spirit of a person who receives Christ by faith. “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Rom. 8:9). When a person is “in Christ” and Christ is “in them,” they become a “new creature” (II Cor. 5:17), a “new man” (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10), raised to “newness of life” (Rom. 6:4) by the presence of Christ’s life in their spirit. They have a new spiritual identity as a “child of God” (Jn. 1:12; I Jn.3: 1,2,10), “sons of God” (Gal. 3:26), Christ-ones or Christians.

When we are “in Christ” as the scripture says, the old thoughts, lifestyle, and thinking patter have dispersed, for now our life and thoughts are of Christ, NOW we have the MIND of Christ who has made ALL things NEW in those who “in Him”.  As Paul says in Gal 2: 20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet NOT I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the SON OF GOD, who LOVED ME, and gave HIMSELF FOR ME…”

To be a Christian is nothing but to be an authentic reflection of Christ. This life is not for those who primarily engaged in pastoral work but we all are called as royal priesthood of believers.

Our lives should reflect Christ. No matter where we are or what we do, we must mirror our Lord Jesus Christ. The scripture says, “You are the epistle of the living God” (2 Cor. 3:2-3). In other words, your life should be a way through which the Lord can address the world (Acts 1:8). To be a Christian is nothing but to be a display for God’s love and saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. If your life is something other than this basic truth you may be a carnal Christian but not the reflection of Christ. You are the exact representation of a life that lives after the flesh that can testify to being saved but still lives under the power of the flesh that has not been crucified.

A life of a true follower of Christ reflects nothing but Christ. Your life should create difference. Your presence brings down the heaven. A Christian is a person who is born of God and has Life, and this life is abundant and reflection of the life that is in him. He/she is not an ordinary person. He/she’s the expression of the image of God; the representation of God’s sovereignty on earth.

Your life is the “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:4). To be a Christian means to be Christ-likeness. It means to be the exact reflection of Christ. Is it too much, I don’t think so. God’s way of life is not burdensome. It is not about legalism or following some kind of weird life style in the name of Christianity. To be a true follower of Christ is as Paul mentions in Col 2: 6-7 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” To be a Christian is to reflect the highest quality, which is of course the heavenly kingdom. You are representing the heavenly kingdom in all your lifestyle, which includes of course, how you walk; how you talk; how you dress; how you eat; how you perform duties at a job; even how you think! As an ambassador of God, you are an example to others, regardless if you are aware of it. The question is are you living a life of Reflection or Refraction?

Eyob B Kassa

March 5, 2011

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2 Responses to “Are you living a life of Reflection or Refraction?”

  1. I was studying for a devotion I am doing on the Reflection of Christ. Through the aid of Google, I came upon your post. It was a great help and insight to that I will be speaking on. Thank you for sharing.

  2. this is awesome thank you~ “are you reflecting or refracting” ..i just shared it on my fb.. awesome~!!

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