“But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
I’ve read that dog owners start to look like their dogs after a while. I’ve also heard that long-married husbands and wives start to look alike, but I don’t think I believe that one. However, I know from the Scripture that if we focus on the face of Jesus, we will become like Jesus.
Here’s C. S. Lewis’s take on this: “If we let Him—for we can prevent Him, if we choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into…a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly his own boundless power and delight and goodness.”
God intends to transform us. When we accepted Jesus, we were changed, but that was just the beginning. As we continue in our faith journey, we are transformed more and more into the likeness and image of Jesus.
There are no exceptions—everyone who has been saved is in the process of being transformed. For some, the transformation is in quick, dramatic increments. For others, the changes are slow and gradual. Some take a step backward before taking three steps forward. But in the end—do not doubt it—we shall be like Jesus.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, that as we behold the glory of Christ we are transformed more and more into his image. And he reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s role in this transformation. We are being transformed into the image of Jesus by the “Spirit of the Lord.” Through the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, we move from glory, to more glory, to even more glory, becoming more and more like Jesus.
We can focus on our problems, our failures, our wounds, or our fears and miss what the Holy Spirit wants to do in our lives. Or we can focus on the glory of Jesus. Choose carefully. What we focus on shapes our lives.
How amazing is it that we will be transformed into the image of the Son of God? Yes, it’s OK to stop reading and do a little happy dance right now! We will be like Jesus! How much must God love us? And he doesn’t command us to go on a perilous quest in order to become like Jesus. He doesn’t demand millions of dollars from us. We aren’t required to bungee jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. (Thank you, Jesus!) All God asks of us is that we keep our focus on Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to do his work in our lives.
Do you hear his voice now? He’s saying, Child, just fix your eyes on the glory of Jesus, and I’ll do the rest.
We’ve already heard from C. S. Lewis. How about a little Max Lucado, too? “The Wizard of Oz says look inside yourself and find yourself. God says look inside yourself and find the Holy Spirit. The first will get you to Kansas. The latter will get you to heaven. Take your pick.”
I don’t need to find myself and I’m not interested in eternity in Kansas. I’m picking the Holy Spirit and heaven. How about you?
Dear God, I am so thankful for the glory of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit that daily makes me more like Christ. Let me move from glory to glory as I fix my eyes on the face of my Savior, until one day I am in your presence in heaven. In the name of Jesus, amen.