Sunday, December 18, 2011

Changed from Glory to Glory……

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord.  And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image”.   II Cor. 3:18  NLT

As you know, transformation is a big hit on TV these days.
 Our present love affair with reality shows has led to many programs that have to do with changing.
There are home makeover programs that transform ugly rooms and deteriorating homes into something that could be featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
There are programs like the Biggest Loser that transform men and women from obesity to healthy.
This is all well and good, but these transformations are external.

God is also in the transformation business, but the changes that God wants to bring into our lives do not focus on externals.
The makeovers that God is interested in bringing about have to do with our hearts, and our character.
Transformation is an inward renewal and reshaping of the mind in which a Christian’s inner person is changed to be like Jesus Christ.  

Paul told the Roman believers, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world, but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

As our Christian life progresses, we should gradually notice that our thought life is being changed from worldliness to Christ-likeness.  Transformation does not happen overnight. 

Christians are transformed to Christ’s image gradually as they spend time in an intimate relationship with Him.  Eventually, they will begin to be more like Jesus.

As Christians we are to act like Jesus who calls us to be loving, kind, and
merciful as He was and is.  We have a special responsibility to act as representatives of Christ.

Can we conform to God and still hang on to old habits?

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