I know what Christ has done in my life. There are distinct areas in my life that God has taken control of and brought complete freedom. There are still other areas that bring mass confusion. I also know that all of us fall short of being the image of Christ He wants us to be to the world. I make mistakes. I fall and I stumble. I repent and try to pursuit Him all the more.
Dr. Placido was doing a devotional in our Ethics course for the start of the semester. I do not remember at all what it was about. I do remember the prayer time though. He was praying along the lines of being Christ to others that my classmates and I work with. How do we show Christ to others through both word and deed? How will I do that as a Christian professional in a secular world?
I saw myself looking into this mirror. I looked and only saw a reflection of myself. I questioned if this was it. Is the transformation that happened this summer only for a time? Was it just myself? A moment later I saw Jesus looking back at me. He was on the other side of the mirror. His image slowly disappeared bringing my image to the forefront once again.
Is this a sad moment? Not at all.
I remember the comfort of this vision. In fact, I smiled the rest of class. It was this reminder that Christ lives in me. He created me as an image of Him. I am His. I just need to continue to pursuit to be more like Him. I am unique. I am loved. I am to be a reflection of Him because of Him rescuing me.
This evening, I went to Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. I was praying through a bunch of things that I needed to repent of during the worship service.
I saw myself in front of the mirror bent down with chains on my arms. I pleaded with Christ to come and take the chains off Himself. He never showed…. But He whispered, “Nate, just say my name. I am with you already. Just whisper My name.” I whispered, “Jesus.” I saw the His written name float towards the bounded chains that broke off, when they were touched by His name. He walked through the mirror and came by my side. I got off the floor. We walked away together leaving the chains behind.
The simplicity of His name comes with great power. He is the one that brings power. He is the one that brings freedom. The freedom He gave is found within us if you believe. He is life giving. He gave us His spirit, so that through His resurrected name we can continue to live free. Just whisper or shout His name. Break the chains. Be unbound. The Kingdom of God is here and now.