16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And 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.
I have turned to the Lord and am reflecting His glory. With “even increasing glory” I am being transformed into His likeness! This is God’s agenda… to re-create me into the image of His Son and to shine gloriously through me.
God doesn’t re-create me in an instant. Imagine the glory of that! I think of Jesus when He went to the mountain. Peter, James and John were with Him. There He was transfigured before them and the glory of the Lord wa all over that place! Jesus shone with a brilliant glory. For Christ it was a revealing of His very self. For me it is an incremental growth process, changing my inner being to be like Jesus. The outer life follows the inner life. It is radiant the moment I turned my life over to Jesus… and it is growing ever increasing in its glory as I become more and more like Jesus. (One day I’ll be changed in an instant! 1Thessalonans 4. John said that we will all be like Him for we will see Him as He is. That’ll be a day!)
Let’s open the hood and check the inner world. How’s the process going? My priority is to remain yielded to God. My heart needs to say “Yes, Lord.” I also need to be aware of how the ways of this world want to claim my heart. All of those thoughts and feelings need to be taken to God and pass through His filter… while I stay yielded to His purpose and direction for my life.
Father, thank you for re-creating me. You are glorious and I want to reflect you more.