Friday, August 31, 2018

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

That famous line from the fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is completed with the words, “who’s the fairest of them all?” They were spoken by the evil queen who detested her step daughter Snow White, a young girl who was far more beautiful.

While we may not share the same enormous quantity of vanity as the jealous queen of Snow White, we do look into the mirror hoping for positive results. And that is, in a sense, good. It would be a sign that something was wrong if a person looked into a mirror hoping to be disappointed with the reflection.

There is a mirror, however, which does portray a vicious, nasty image of us all. That mirror is called “The 10 Commandments”. In talking with people about those laws, you might get the impression that their main purpose is to help people know what and what not to do so that they can go to heaven. A close look at those commandments and the way we actually live our lives, though, makes it pretty clear most of us aren’t going to be very successful taking that route. In fact, if we’re honest, none of us can make it into heaven being good.

So, when we look into the mirror of the 10 Commandments, what should we see? What do you think? If your answer was, “Somebody who isn’t as good as they thought they were,” then you’re right on. The drawing at the beginning of this article gets it right. We look at ourselves, our thoughts, what we say, what we do and compare them to the 10 Commandments. What we see isn’t what we like and it certainly isn’t what God wants from us. While the commandments don’t give us a flattering vision of ourselves, they are indispensable in pointing us to the only One who can resolve our problem – Jesus Christ.

This Sunday we continue to walk through the Story of God. We are at the moment when the Lord gives Moses and the Israelite people the 10 Commandments. It’s a history changing time – for all of us. If Jesus dying on the cross is going to make sense to you, take a good long look into the mirror of the 10 Commandments.

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Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.