21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Romans 1:21 – 23 ESV
“…seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror…” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NRSV
When we look upon Christ and His glory, in a very real way we are seeing ourselves. What we see in Him is God’s desire for each and every one of us without exception (Romans 8:29). As we behold Him in contemplation, anything contrary to Him is exposed so it can be dispensed with. Anything that is in harmony with Him is accentuated and strengthened. The goal of this never-ending process is to shape our lives into what we see in Jesus Christ.
Today, may we fully cooperate with the Lord’s transforming process as we go about our day living in the Reign.
In a previous post we discussed the fact that making disciples of all nations was the key to world transformation. But where does that process begin? Do we develop a program in church and have people sign-up? Do we incorporate it into our youth ministry? Maybe we should get a bunch of new recruits and start with them. While all these options may have merit, the starting place is more basic still.
What is the key to transforming the world? More education? Better government? Clearer communication? While these items have their place, none of them hold the real key to lasting change. Jesus, however, provided us with the key to bring about radical, lasting transformation.