No Smudges


Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


There is a story about a boy who found a broken piece of mirror, and he carried it around with him everywhere he went. He made a game out of reflecting sunlight off of it. He’d reflect the light into deep, dark places where sunlight would never be able to shine on its own. As he grew older, he realized something important: he was not the source of the light, but the light could only get into those dark places with his help.

For Christians, this is true of our lives. Jesus is there. We are not the source of his love and acceptance, but we can…and should…reflect it.

A lot of people don’t go to church or youth group. A lot of people don’t really know Jesus or what he’s all about. For a lot of people, you are the only thing about Jesus they know. Hmmm, that can be a lot of pressure. How’s your reflective surface?


A mirror that’s smudged up or tarnished can’t do all that good of a job reflecting. It can be the same way with our lives. What are some of the things that might be smudging you up? What are some things in your life that Jesus isn’t too excited about. In prayer, ask God to reveal these things to you. Ask God for the courage to change them.


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