I’ve been camped out in 2 Corinthians 3 this week. Wow, what amazing stuff in there.
Paul is talking about the old covenant and new. The old being the ministry of death. The new being the ministry of the Spirit which is life.
He said the old covenant had glory, but the new covenant has such greater glory. Think about that. We are no longer chained to the law. It was nothing more than a conduit of guilt, shame, and condemnation.
It was impossible for any man to walk out 613 laws and 10 commandments.
The Spirit brings us life and freedom.
I love verse 18 which says: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
There was a time several months ago when I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror without feeling guilt and shame. The addiction to pornography kept me blinded from the revelation of my sonship in God.
When I stared into my own eyes, all I could see was darkness. All I could see were the things I kept hidden from my wife. The secrets. The lies.
I was so ashamed of who I had become, I couldn’t even talk to God about it. That’s how the enemy works. If he can heap enough guilt and condemnation on us, we’re afraid to approach the throne of grace.
It worked for a long time.
But, no longer.
Now I can look into the mirror and smile. I see Jesus dancing inside those hazel eyes. I speak life and truth into my reflection every time. He loves me. He’s pleased with me. He takes pleasure in being with me.
Ther are no “He loves me not” petals to the daisy. It’s always, “He loves me.”
We are “being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” not living from bummer to bummer. Yes, trials will come, bad things will happen, loved ones will die, and life will be difficult at times.
None of that changes this one fact: Jesus is Lord.
If we keep our eyes on Him, not our situations, grace will empower us.
Christianity isn’t about doing, it’s about being. If we wake up trying to live right, biting our tongue so we don’t say the wrong things, or trying to react in a Godly way to certain situations, we’re already behind the 8 ball.
Wake up every morning and put on Christ. Don’t dread the day. Don’t complain that the alarm clock woke you up. Don’t gripe about having to go to work.
Thank God that mercy woke you up. Thank God that you have another day to manifest His image to the world. Thank Him that you have a job. Thank God that you are a son or daughter.
And make sure to look in the mirror and like what you see.