Why call it Re:flection?
Re: means “in reference to” or “concerning”
Flection is “the state of being bent” or “the act of bending”
All of us were made in the image of God to reflect, or image forth, God’s glory like moons to the sun (see Gen. 1:26-28). We are all little reflectors giving off the light of what we love. Because of the Fall (see Gen. 3:1-24), none of us naturally love God with all we are or love our neighbors as ourselves. We are by nature in a state of being selfishly bent in on ourselves. We still give off the light of what we love. The problem is that we love created things rather than the Creator (see Rom. 1:25).
If we are ever going to fulfill our reflecting-God’s-glory purpose again, we need a miracle. We need supernatural flection (i.e. grace). We need bent back from crooked to straight. We need our selfish, self-centered curvature to be turned up and out to face and reflect the light of our glorious God. This only happens by means of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God the Father sent God the Son – the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15), the radiance of God’s glory (Heb. 1:3) – to live the light-of-the-world life we could not live and die the death that our darkness-loving bentness deserved. He did it all so that we could be re:created (2 Cor. 5:17) and re:shaped (Eph. 4:24; Rom. 8:29) so that we can once again re:flect the glory of our God!
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV)
So, this blog will be “in reference to” our flection, dealing with our bentness and sin. It will be concerning the powerful Gospel of Jesus by which we are bent back to our original purpose – that we might once again clearly re:flect the glory of our great God!