2 Cor. 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,…” While reading this scripture I noticed that at some other time I had underlined it—except for the part between the commas. I wonder why. I guess I liked thinking I was being transformed into his likeness sort of automatically. But am I? This scripture is translated in many ways and I found little to “pin it down” in commentaries I have read. I believe it is a good example of a scripture applying to me for my need at a particular time. Today I am thinking how much faster we can be “in his likeness” if we come to him open-faced to behold his glory. Come to him in innocence, not hiding in shame; come to him in humility, not with any degree of arrogance; come to him in holiness, realizing how much we lack in any “holiness” of our own making. How much easier to become like him when we demonstrate true innocence, humility, and holiness rather than pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness.
I want to pay tribute to wonderful people I have known, the wonderful country in which I live, the communities in which I have lived, the churches who have claimed me as their own, the God who sends shivers down my back when I really give him a portion of my time—well, maybe not shivers but tears flow easily in some of those most priceless times.
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