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The Transformation Process
11/23/2012

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. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

I recently watched a YouTube video called, “Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II” in which someone very talented had spliced together dozens of photographs, morphing pictures of Queen Elizabeth from her earliest years as a child to the most current photographs of her.   It was fascinating to watch and actually a bit surreal. 

As I watched this short 3-minute video it amazed me to see the physical transformation of this woman occur.  Her entire 86-year old life seemed to quickly change before my eyes.  And yet if I were to be in her life personally on a day-by-day basis I probably would not see this transformation in the same way.  This is the way it is for us as well—we can look into the mirror every day and we might not see too much of a difference, and yet, if we pull out a photo from a few years back and we would probably see the change. 

Now again, this is only the outward physical transformation—what about the internal, or spiritual part of our lives?   If someone were to be able to take a picture of our very soul and spirit, would it look the same today as it did, let’s say, 5 or 10-years ago?  It is an interesting thought for sure, and a valid question we should be willing to ask.  The Apostle Paul obviously thought so as well.  He wrote, “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”(2Cor. 3:18), but he also said we will only see an imperfect reflection until we see Him face-to-face (1Cor. 13:12). 

So, we should be able to see ourselves changing and transforming into the image of Jesus.  We might not look and act exactly like Him until we come into His presence, but we should be still be continuously changing to be more like him each and every day. 

Q:         So, how can we be sure of this transformation process is taking place within our lives?

Well, first of all, we must be faithful to do our part.  We are told in Romans 12:2 to guard ourselves against being conformed to this world, but if we are to be transformed to be more like Jesus, it will be only be done as our minds our transformed.  This process happens as we read God’s Word and meditate upon it continuously.   We begin to change little by little as God shapes and molds us through our thoughts.  And the best part is God has given us a promise about His continuing and completing His good work of transforming us.  We see it in Philippians 1:6.  

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ… Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 1:6, what can we be confident of?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to transform you through the reading of His Word, or are you allowing the cares and worries of this world to shape who you are, and what you believe?

APPLICATION: Let’s keep our minds fixed upon our Lord and His Word, because we will be transformed to be more like Him, and we will be given a perfect peace as well. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your promise to finish what You have started.  Help me us to be more like You today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

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