How many times do you check the mirror a day?
If your anything like me, you won’t only have a look at the mirror in the bathroom but will also take a glance at the one in the bedroom. And of course there’s always the chance to sneak a peek at your reflection as you walk past the shop windows while pretending to be interested in what’s behind them!
When it comes to looking at your image in a mirror, there are two components that you must have for it to work. The first is you need a flat, mirror like surface. The second is a good source of light. Without one or the other, it’s impossible to get a glimpse of that mis-placed hair or pot belly that’s beginning to take shape!
The same principle applies when it comes to getting a glimpse of the image of God. At the very beginning of time when He created the heavens and the earth, God made a mirror as the centrepiece of His work. The purpose of this mirror was to reflect His image:
‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them’ – Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
Rather than creating a stagnant flat surface, God created humanity as one of the prime ways that His image would be reflected to the world. But just as a mirror needs the two components of a smooth surface and a good source of light for it to work, so too are there two critical components needed to accurately reflect Gods image. These two components are both female and male.
One without the other will never fully reflect the beauty and wonder of God. Together, we reflect different aspects of Gods image that could never be fully expressed by one without the other.
When the front and rear wheels on a bike value (rather than compete with) one another, the bike remains balanced and can move forward with ease. In the same way, as we give value to one another we will together reflect the true beauty and wonder of God to a world who so desperately needs it!