We all struggle with insecurity--from the teenage girl desperately trying to show cleavage, to the macho man desperately trying to hide it. Even those who seem to be perfect, or portray themselves to be, have their insecurities. As we age, we reassure ourselves that we've either ‘still got it’ or that it doesn't matter. But of course it matters.
Each morning we examine ourselves in the mirror, correcting and re-correcting until we’re satisfied, or come to the realization that we won’t be. Even our ‘selfie’ pictures serve as on-the-go mirrors. After examining numerous shots, we filter and post one. It’s what we want to represent us, even if it doesn't always reflect us.
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. 2 Corinthians 13:5
We can’t assume that we look fine based on last week’s reflection, so how can we consider our faith to be genuine without regular examination? The absence of prayer, reflection through the Word, and the existence of willful sin, should result in a struggle with insecurity. Instead we reassure ourselves that it’s okay, or it doesn’t matter. But of course it matters.
Imagine life without our own reflections. Grooming or applying makeup, would make us look even more ridiculous. And that’s exactly what religion does.
The world scoffs at our hypocrisy, they can see through our filters. Who are we trying to fool? We may want Christ’s image to represent us, even if doesn’t always reflect us.