One afternoon I observed a horse that stood in front of one of the windows of our house. The sun was shining in such a way that she could clearly see her reflection in the window. Intrigued, I watched as she raised her head up and down, drew closer, stepped back and tossed her head from side to side. She was clearly fascinated by this horse in the window that so clearly mirrored every action she took! In the days that followed, whenever she had the chance, I would see her standing in front of the window and gazing at the reflection in the glass.
Tucked in 2. Corinthians 3:18 is a small verse that packs a powerful truth.
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.
Imagine waking up in the morning and looking in the mirror. Instead of seeing sleepy, squinting eyes, hair that is hopelessly tangled and little trails along the side of the mouth from a bit of drool that escaped, you see…
Glorious, beautiful light radiating outwards from the mirror and shining on your face.
And with great delight, you see that you are being transformed into the same image that is reflecting out from the mirror.
That’s the powerful truth of this verse.
Instead of the mirror reflecting your image, by work of the Spirit of God and the power of His Word in your life, you are being transformed so that you reflect the image in the mirror…
The glory of the Lord.
Isn’t that an absolutely “dazzling” and marvelous truth!
Romans 8:29 declares that this was God’s intention and purpose all along…that those whom God foreknew, He also predestined (to determine beforehand) to…
Be conformed to the image of His Son!
It is the work of God, who has called us by name and made us His own through the blood of Jesus, to transform us – or metamorphose us – into the image of Jesus Christ.
That is why, when we renew our minds by taking time to read…to study…to memorize…to meditate on…to tuck into our hearts…the truths contained within His Word – the perfect law that gives liberty (James 1:22 – 25) – and obey them, we will be transformed in our minds and hearts. Instead of thinking and acting according to the pattern of this world where we are pilgrims, we will be transformed to think and act in accordance with God’s will for our lives.
That is why, when we go through trials that are designed specifically for us and granted to us as a gift by our Sovereign Father, those parts of our lives that are hindering us from moving forward in our walk of faith, will be removed. By these trials we will be refined so that we can more clearly radiate the reflection of Jesus.
That is why, by the work of the Spirit of the Lord in our lives, we are taught and guided into all truth – His truth – that is contained within the pages of God’s holy word. As we are taught by the Spirit, we discover the gems of His promises and the freedom that is ours in Him, we learn to discern and obey His will, and our vision is transformed so that we walk by faith and not by sight.
Each and every day, God is continually accomplishing His work in our lives…
So that we, 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.