and we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit
– 2 corinthians 3:18
one of the things i (nic) annotated on this particular passage a few months ago was: we should reflect God’s glory on our face!
true enough the Lord actually granted me (nic) a vision of that yesterday.
it was a hand holding a silver pot that was grimy, dirty and rusty. but the other hand was holding a cloth, which started rubbing the pot as hard as it could, polishing it, such that a part of the pot was spotless and shiny! it was so shiny that it reflected the face of the polisher – it reflected Jesus. God’s glory was reflected on the pot!
although we are the pot, covered in our sin, our Lord has died for us to cleanse us from all our imperfections. through His work of polishing, He has purified us and made us clean to reflect His image; to be image bearers of God. when we are shiny again, we are able to shine bright for Him that is attractive to the world.
we looked at exodus 34:29-35 (during our devo). moses went to the mountain to speak with God. he returned with a radiant face from the glory of God that was soooo bright. but everyone was scared of him that he had to wear a veil to approach them. why were they afraid of the radiance?
it could be possible that the israelites still had sin in their lives therefore they were fearful. moses had just been met with the Holy One, and sin and holiness can never be near one another. at the same time, moses KNEW the Lord. he had just MET him. this personal relationship allowed him to radiate the Lord’s glory.
similarly, rather than turning away from the glory of God, we should go towards His light. although we were once in darkness, He has called us out of it into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). it is easy to settle as a mere grimy pot when we are unaware of our destiny. it is easy to undervalue ourselves when we have yet to grasp who we really are in Christ – our identity, our value, and our calling in His kingdom that stands forever.
today, let not our hearts be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness and in our unbelief, turn away from the living God (Hebrews 3:12-13). instead, let light shine through the darkness of our hearts and His truth be revealed in the light of His glory. that all melancholy turn into joy, and all depression turn into praise. we lift our faces heavenward, and as we behold the glory of the Son, we begin to reflect His radiance and be transformed in His image.
let there be light.
for God, who said, “let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
– 2 corinthians 4:6
written by ernest & nicole