And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. — 2 Corinthians 3:18
Reflecting on his experience of grace, founder of Methodism John Wesley said he felt his heart “strangely warmed.” Other converts speak of feeling “washed” or “new.” Sometimes, though, it takes years before the new self becomes visible to those around us or even to ourselves. It’s been fifteen years since I began my Christian walk and, yes, I am committed to living a Godly life; however, I’ve found that certain rough edges just take longer to smooth out. When change happens slowly like that, the devil tries to tempt us into doubting our salvation. “See? You'll never change,” he jeers each time we slip.
However, when we know what God says about us, we can confidently rebuke that lie. Through the Apostle Paul, He reassures us we are “transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). In other words, bit by bit. Paul's tone in this entire chapter is hope-filled and optimistic, for he's speaking of the new covenant—“the ministry of the Spirit” (8). Because we have this hope, we can be “very bold” in our walk with the Lord (v 18).
Whether we're mature Christians or new believers, this is great news. We all have shortcomings we struggle with. If or when we find ourselves progressing bit by bit rather than overnight, God's Word encourages us to keep going. When we remain in the Spirit, we're on the right track.
Reflection: In what particular areas have you sought spiritual growth this year? In what ways can you encourage yourself and others to keep going?
Lord, thank you for the good work you've begun in me. Help me to remain steadfast in my walk with you, guided and encouraged by your Word.
Share this with a friend