After some time I managed to get one pane fairly clean. The glass looked night and day different from its neighboring glass pane, and I wanted to catch this in a photo, to show the difference between clean glass and glass with hard water spots. The trouble was, the camera didn't really pick up any difference. The spots were easy to see close up to the glass and looking from different angles, but the camera didn't really pick up these up when you did a side by side comparison picture. Then I noticed something. The picture is below, see if you can tell which window has the hard water spots, and which has been polished.
As I was contemplating the devotion I wanted to post today, this got me thinking. Paul in 1st Corinthians 13 talks about how when we try to look for and understand God in this present life it's like looking at a mirror, which in his days meant seeing a dim image (mirror construction was apparently sketchy in the 1st century). So many things cloud his image, or become interference to his presence. However, in Hebrews 1 we are told Christ is "the reflection of God's glory, and the exact likeness of his being." Having Jesus around was like having a perfectly polished piece of glass reflecting the glory of God directly to us.
A Christian literally means "little Christ", or someone who follows in the footsteps of Christ, aspires to be like Christ. If Jesus reflected perfectly the light of God, then those who call themselves by his name should seek to reflect God's light and image as best they can. Christ called his followers to be "full of light", and his apostle John tells us in his first epistle that we should "walk in the light, as he is in the light." Lots of light references! Why? Because God is our light, and we are made to reflect his light, his image (image bearers!) to others. You must be in light to reflect it, and you must turn your surface to the light (sideways glass panes don't reflect too well). Also, it's good to get your glass cleaned from time to time...thank heavens we all have the best glass cleaner around - Jesus!
The nice part about this image is the actual job we are given here on earth really doesn't depend on our own strength. If we draw near to God, turn towards him, ask forgiveness and let him take care of us - walk with him - he will accomplish all that is needed through us. We might not even know he's doing it. People will just see his image in us, and that will inspire them! Now that's a good thought!