We need glorious times in the Lord in order to be willing to change.
I read in 2 Corinthians 3:18,
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
This verse says so much that at times it might seem too much to comprehend. But let’s look at it more closely so that we can learn what’s really necessary for change:
“But we all” means there are no exceptions. If you think you are unworthy, or beyond help, please know that is a lie right from the pit of hell. If you think you are “good enough,” that also is a lie. These lies keep us from being all that God would have us to be, which is the very image of his Son Jesus Christ.
“With unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,” means when we have a glorious encounter with the Lord, the radiance of Christ is seen on us because we reflect His light to a dark and dismal world. But realize that you cannot wear any masks in His presence. God knows that I have been guilty of wearing masks in order to appear a certain way when all along I was quite the opposite.
But that doesn’t fly with God!
When we look into the face of God through His Word and by His Spirit, it shows us who we are in comparison to who we should be in the Lord. When we humble ourselves and acknowledge our need for His all-sufficient grace and our willingness to change, then there is visible evidence of His glory in us for the world to see.
“Are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord,” means that each encounter of the glory of God transforms us more into His image. This might sound glorious, but this is where the roadwork (transformation) really begins. What happens in between each experience of God’s glory is what makes all the difference in being transformed. This is a work of the Holy Spirit—the very life of Christ that dwells within each person who is born again, which gives us the power to be transformed!
We can read this verse, understand it intellectually, and yet never experience the transformation that it speaks about. Only when we allow God to turn over our way of thinking will our behavior begin to change. Sometimes this can be painful but so necessary for the reconstruction to take place. This is called surrender!
*Excerpt from my book, Getting There. Copyright © 2018 by Linette Bumford, All Rights Reserved.