Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Who doesn’t remember those words from the Snow White fairytale? In it, the beautiful and vain new wife of the king asked the mirror this question every morning. She was obviously vainly self-focused.
Since the fall, self-focus has infested and eroded mankind. Try as we may, it seems an unrelenting force upon our souls. It is in the nature of man to seek approval, acceptance, esteem, and praise. If we fail to find that in God’s love, we will strive to find it from others. This can lead us to the doorstep of control.
At its foundation, control is self-focus. We attempt to create an environment that will bring about what we desire.
Because of this self-focus, man’s approval becomes more important than God’s approval.
Revolving around this control is the worship of self. We strive to feel good about ourselves. We become overly concerned with how others see us. We become performance oriented, doing things that make us feel like a good person. It is all about me!
It started in the Garden of Eden with Satan’s temptation to Eve. You will be like God he craftily stated. Is that not exalting oneself to the highest place in the universe? We think it is so arrogant of the devil, not realizing how corrupted we too are, apart from Christ.
There is no good thing that dwells within you.i Do you believe that?
Our victory and deliverance comes through the overcoming life of Christ. His life lived in us and through us.
The fall was total and complete, and there is no redeeming of fallen man. The total sentence of death executed in order for new life to be imparted. In Christ we died.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is
no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now
live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.ii
That new life is where victory lies. Unfortunately, failing to believe this, we find ourselves looking within for something good.
We realize that we cannot save ourselves. Nevertheless, we continue to believe that we can live the Christian life. In that belief, we take control of the reins. We think that, in our own strength, we can be good, and please God.
We must relinquish control to the greater one who lives in us.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all? What you see as you look in that mirror determines who you really believe is fairest of them all!
Photo by Jean Fan
i Rom 7:18
ii Gal 2:20