“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
It was Jesus great criticism of the religious leaders that
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)
Their minds and understanding were veiled and dulled with prejudice and self-centred human reasoning. However, Paul teaches,
“whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:16)
It is when we turn to the Lord with open hearts and minds, to receive Him and from Him, that change really begins to take place. Unhindered by legalism and prejudice, by false image and selfish desires, we begin to see the Lord as He is. As this happens, and His Light to an ever-increasing degree enters into us, so we begin to change.
As this relationship with the Lord continues and deepens we become more like Him and less like the worldly person we were. We may not always perceive this change as it does not always happen in the ways that we would choose. We may find ourselves battling with some issues and short-comings that distress us – and as we focus on them we may fail to perceive what God is doing in other areas of our lives and characters.
One thing is certain. God is at work in our lives with the intention of transforming us into the likeness of Christ with ‘ever-increasing glory.’ It is a process – something that He does as we journey with Him and He with us. There will be hills and valleys, darkness and light, sin and forgiveness, but the glorious truth is that
“in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5)
Lord God, help me to keep my focus and thoughts on You as I walk through life – and to trust You to work Your will in me at all times. Amen.