From Glory to Glory

But we all, with uncovered face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

We are not perfect and are unlikely to reach perfection while on earth. As our relationship with God grows deeper, we are being transformed into the image and likeness of God. We don’t always relish the idea of change and many modern philosophies encourage us to be our ‘true selves.’ There is deposited within each of us, a unique set of traits to be used to fulfil our purpose and destiny. We also have faults and failures that God will strip away from us to make us into who he created us to be. It is our relationship with God while beholding his glory which transforms us into his image and likeness.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Change can be a painful process and our old selves want to remain the way we are because it is easy. There are seasons when we reach a crossroads and it is either we change or we remain stagnant. There are some habits, hang ups and old ways of thinking and living that requires change for us to transition into a new season. There maybe old relationship patterns and career lifestyles for example that makes us unwell and cause us to remain stuck at the same level year after year.

Many times we ask God for more and we require that he takes us into a new season and new destinies. We ask God for increase in blessing and favour and this oftentimes requires change and transformation. We cannot take the same mindset into a new level as having a different life from the one we have now will require us to make different decisions.

God created us in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) It is sin that distorts us from God’s image and purpose as the enemy tries to distort God’s plan for our lives. We have to surrender to God’s will and allow him to remove the layers that sin has created to transform us into his image.

There are seasons when God will pull us away to himself to strip off some old layers. Some layers may represent relationships and habits that we need to change and we have to allow God to complete the work in us. When God starts to show us those areas where we need to change we can either retaliate against him or allow him to transform us into a new person.

A.P.-Y.

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