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Proverbs 23:7 “As a person thinks in their heart, so are they.”

When you look in the mirror who do you see? Psychologist have proven that a person can spend thousands of dollars on body enhancements and facelifts and yet still believe they are ugly or do not measure up. The internal image we have of ourselves (our selfie) determines how we think and feel about ourselves. And how we think about ourselves determines what we believe we deserve in life. And what we believe will determine the outcome of our life. Outcome meaning, not just the here and now but the legacy we leave when we’re gone. What we believe will always determine the quality of life that we will experience.

Jesus gave us this proposition, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men, I will make you disciples, the light of the world, the salt of the earth.” Jesus’ invitation was simply this, follow Him and He will make something of your life that you could never make yourself. When Jesus walked the earth to show us the will of the Father, He proved that Heaven could come to earth and that it was available to those that accept His invitation. I love what Bill Johnson says, “Jesus is perfect theology.” Jesus said in John 6:38, “I have come from heaven not to do my will but the will of Him who sent me.” That is how we know it is still God’s will to perform miracles today – because God showed us His will on earth through Jesus. And whatever we see Jesus doing, we are now called and anointed to do (John 14:12). Who do you see?    

This truth of personal perception is totally connected to our understanding of why Jesus came. Jesus did not come to leave us how He found us – unworthy sinners (as many religious leaders believe). But rather RIGHTEOUS new creations, when we place our faith in Him and the finished work of Christ on the cross (2 Corinthians 5: 17-18). The Apostle Paul said it like this in Romans 6:18, “Now we are no longer slaves to sin, but we are now slaves of RIGHTEOUSNESS!” On the cross, Christ reconciled us to the Father – meaning He exchanged places with us. He became sin so we could be righteous. He became sick so we can be well. He became poor so we could be rich. Who do you see?      

The truth that we are now righteous is fundamental to our faith. Jesus came to die for sinners but not to leave us that way. Everyone that encountered Jesus (except the religious and Judas) were transformed. Paul says in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His own love for us in that while we WERE still sinners, Christ died for us.” If you were a sinner, the past can no longer be a part of the new creation that you became when you surrendered your life to Christ. Because of the shed blood of Christ and faith in His work on the cross, you can no longer be a sinner. Denying that we are now in right standing with God is denying the very reason Jesus came. This is part of Jesus’ ” follow me” proposition. Follow me and I will make you something that you could not make yourself, RIGHTEOUS. Good people do not make it to heaven. Religious people do not make it to heaven. Only RIGHTEOUS people make it to heaven. In fact, only righteous people can experience Heaven on earth. Who do you see? 

As our self-perception becomes clear of who Christ has made us to be, then we’ll rise above mediocrity. When we recognize the person in the mirror as RIGHTEOUS then we’ll no longer be slaves to sin. When we realize that it is no longer I that lives, it is Christ in me – then we will walk out the life of Christ and do as He did. So, who do you see? It’s one of the most important questions we will ever ask ourselves.

My prayer for you today is that you will see yourself the way that the Father sees you, as a righteous son or daughter, more-then-a-conqueror, an over-comer in this life!  

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”