As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. -Proverbs 27:19 (NIV)
Years ago, I taught a college class on computer animation. But before we dove into the tools, I taught about fundamentals, like color models and surfaces and shape primitives. One time, I showed the class a picture of a chrome sphere, and asked them: How do you know this sphere is reflective?
The answer? You can tell something is reflective because you can see other things, like other objects and surroundings, reflected on its surface.
On moonlit nights, we know the sun is still there. Why? Because the moon reflects the sun’s intense light so we can see.
Likewise, if our hearts are truly pursuing God, we’ll reflect His light for others to see. If our hearts aren’t, people will only see more of us, and less of Him. We reflect where our heart lies in what we think, say, and do…and how we do those things.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. -James 1:26 (NASB)
As true believers, we’re like fine silver…reflective and precious, but easily tarnished with exposure to the world. And regular maintenance, through fellowship, time in His Word, prayer, and right living, can keep us reflecting Him for others to see.