The Man in the Mirror
Reflections on Michael Jackson and a book by one of his neighbors that you must read! She will prepare you for a remarkable place far more fantastic than “Neverland” and higher than the hills above Santa Barbara. Michael Jackson released one hit song called The Man in the Mirror that deals with not liking what you are reflecting and neglecting. Some faiths call these sins of omission. That means these errors are not evils we have committed, but good works we have neglected to do. In The Man in the Mirror Jackson doesn’t like what he sees and resolves to change and meet some of the critical needs of the suffering around us. I trust these were more than just random acts. Random acts of kindness make us feel good and teach us some good karmic lessons. These lessons may be helpful, but God tells us to carefully maintain good works, not just do them randomly. Titus 3:8
Discovering our destiny really means discovering what good works we were specifically created to do. Mike Murdock, one of the world’s most prolific writers and mentors says each of us was created to solve a specific problem that no one else can resolve! It is relatively easy to discover our purpose for the following reason: “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. James informs us that faith without accompanying action is as dead as a body without a spirit! Since God has already created specific actions and defined works for us individually to walk in, doing good works is just a matter of having faith in God and allowing Jesus to really be our Lord and Shepherd guiding our steps.
If you say you love God, who totally loves you, and don’t follow where He prompts, inspires, and leads you, either you do not care about God or you don’t understand how God can transform you just like He transforms a grubbing little caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly riding the currents of the heavens. In Romans chapter 12 verses 1 and 2 the Apostle Paul begs us, “I beseech you therefore brothers and sisters, that you present your bodies as a living (not dead) sacrifice, holy and acceptable, unto God, which is your reasonable service and be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you might understand and know and demonstrate what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect and complete will of God for you.”
Scripture tells us, “Eyes haven’t seen, ears haven’t heard and no one has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him, but He has revealed this unto us by His Spirit.” Once I asked God to reveal this to me. I am not overly emotional but when He gave me a momentary glimpse of just a small place on the New Earth, I wept for sheer joy all day every time I thought about that experience. It wasn’t what I saw, but it was as if I had been transported there. The level of love, joy and peace that permeated everything there was so intense that I understood why these human bodies must be changed. In these mortal bodies, our nervous systems would short circuit like a piece of lint in an atomic blast! Walking in the purpose, the works that God prepared for you to walk in, before you were ever born, is a little like that. Often it requires sacrifice and some suffering and always your willingness to follow, but the love, joy, peace and satisfaction in living out your divine destiny is an incredible experience.
After that man looked back from Michael Jackson’s mirror, I hope Michael’s new commitment led him to actions that like precious seeds will follow him forever.
Jackson has a neighbor who is a New York Times best selling author. Like most of us who have discovered our destiny and have been transformed from a struggling and difficult beginning, she has done the same and knows exactly who God has made her. After loosing most of her family, suffering in a body cast for a year and experiencing poverty, she now lives in some of the best places in America and is healthy, wealthy and wise. She is sharing some of that wisdom in a new book: “The Secret to Life Transformation.” It is all about people who started right where you and I did and ended up living their transformed life. The subtitle is “How to Claim your Destiny Now” This neighbor of Jackson’s, Julie Chrystyn, uses clear teaching, great examples and isn’t afraid to talk about God and Jesus. You’ll discover very well known human beings in this wonderful book including Paula White. Bishop Jakes had some great comments on the book as well as Mark Victor Hansen and even Larry King who wrote the forward.
I recommend “The Secret to Life Transformation” as a great read this summer and one that will help you discover a transformed life. If I can do it, so can you. We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.
Julie says there is no reason to wander in the wilderness for 40 years trying to discover your destiny when it’s waiting just over the horizon. She said the problem most people have is they don’t look to the Source to get them there. Take it from me that is why any of our efforts will fail for without Him we can do nothing. With His help, you can do all things because God isn’t focused on where you are coming from, but He is very concerned about equipping you to get where you are going.
Julie calls the Bible the “Manual of Life.” By prioritizing your life to meditate in it as often as possible, and with Christ’s help, acting upon His word, you will get a long way towards living your destiny. And the next time you crawl up to a mirror like some caterpillar you might notice you are getting ready to fly.