How does one change? Do you want to change? You, with the WWJD bracelet. Do you want to be righteous? Do you want to resemble Christ in all you think, say, and do? I will tell you how to be transformed. I will show you the way to soul reformation. But it is simple and I fear you will miss it if I do not prepare you.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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 3:17-18 (ESV)
So, are you ready?
Here it is.
Look. Look to God. Behold his glory. Focus your attention on him. Take in his splendour and majesty. And as you witness it, you will become the glory that you seek.
The religious skeptic interjects: “No, it cannot be that simple! Merely looking at something never changed the world. It takes action! Hard work! We need to DO! WWJD!” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 seems to indicate otherwise, however.
Behold. Take him in with a reverent awe and wonder. You will notice that when you begin to look there is still very much an intention and purposefulness in the act of looking. It takes a bending of the will to look. Many other things flash, and beg, and lure. But the key to moving from one degree of glory to another — ever shifting into the likeness of Christ — it is in the looking, in reverent, awe-filled focus upon he who is glorious.
We hear Jesus saying, “Do not put your veil back on, child. I tore the veil, the religious symbol of separation. I made a way. I am the intercessor, the bridge between heaven and earth. Through me you are made righteous, able to behold glory.”
Try this prayer to behold Jesus more intently today:
Burn pillar of fire. Blow mighty wind. Whisper Holy Spirit. We are watching. Waiting. We are expectant — not only that your glory would go before us but that it would commune with us. That we would converse with your majesty. That we would meet you on the mountain and truly see. And not just see, but behold. Receive in wondrous awe. For you are glorious. Good through every age. You desire freedom for your children and so we declare that we will no longer veil our faces, attempting to undo what you have done, but rather we will seek you near to us, face to face, beholding glory, and — in the process — welcoming our own transformation into further glory. Thank you Jesus. Amen.