100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 40
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
The chapter of 2 Corinthians that declares you to be a reflection of God’s glory also presents an interesting contrast: Moses, under the law, had a fading glory that he covered with a veil, but you, under grace, have an ever-increasing glory. That is what Jesus Christ has done for you through His death and resurrection- He removed the veil and brought freedom.
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:16).
Child of God, you are free by the Spirit of Christ to shine forth the glorious presence of Jesus in your life. There is nothing to hide. The sin that once separated you from holy God has been cleansed and completely erased; “therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
So, what makes for a radiant life of a believer? It’s his worship, his unceasing praise for the merciful God who lovingly desires relationship and made the way possible through giving His Son. And I’m convinced, the more you worship, the more you radiate God’s infinite glory!
On a day that I was remembering the sweetness of God’s gift to my husband and me when we won a tropical vacation through a television contest, I actually received word that I won another television contest- this time we would travel to Israel, a dream I have had for many years! It wasn’t coincidence that the notice of my win came that same day of joyful reflection; it was the Father delighting in my delight in Him. Right when I thought He had already shown me such grace in granting me my heart’s desire, He came back with a, “Oh, you liked that? Well, watch this!”
I must share a noteworthy fact concerning my attitude during the months leading up to the day God revealed His latest gift to me. I told the Lord repeatedly that I am satisfied knowing I will either one day see the existing Jerusalem, or I will definitely see the New Jerusalem on that glorious day spoken about in Revelation. In short, I was grateful for His eternal promise, and nothing that happens in this temporal world alters it. My life is all about victory as one who is shielded in I Am! I win! But, to my great surprise, a grateful heart overflowing with worship makes room for more grace of God, and I discover that I win again!
Child of God, the Father loves you! You are not only gloriously radiant in His love and grace, but you are a reflection of His glory as you live a worshipful life defined by unending praise for Him who is without limits!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Be intentional in reflecting the Lord’s glory. Remember what God has done for you, and write down your blessings if necessary! “Count one thousand ways He loves you and you can count on changing the world.” -Ann Voskamp