2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV And we all, with unveiled face, BEHOLDING THE GLORY OF THE LORD, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
We are to behold His glory and we are to do so with an unveiled face. To behold is to see reflected as looking in a glass (mirror). Do you see Christ when you look at yourself? Do you see who you are in Christ when you look at the Word? If you don’t, then you need to make a change!
We need to go God with an unveiled face – we need to go without disguising ourselves. Too many times we try to look at the Word as something we can conquer, but it’s our mirror – not a challenge. We disguise ourselves by pretending that we can be good enough apart from Christ. The Word shows us who we are in Christ and we will see this Spiritual identity manifested in our lives if we will remain focused on Christ instead of on ourselves.
The next time you read the Word, view it as promises rather than something you must live up to. For example, when you see that the Word tells you not to gossip, see this as a promise – if you walk in the Spirit you will not fulfill the flesh’s desire to gossip (Galatians 5:16). We cannot conquer the flesh apart from Christ, so seeing the Word as rules and regulations that we must live up to will do nothing but frustrate us.
God’s Word is our mirror. When you look at the Word realize that it is describing who you are in Christ. The more we take in the Word, the more the Word will be worked out into our everyday lives – our thoughts, our words, our actions, and so on. We must understand that Christ in us is our hope of glory – we are not our own hope of glory. Any Spiritual fruit that is produced in your life is from the Lord!
The more we focus on Christ, the more we will be transformed into His image! We will mirror Him because we are focused on Him! We will be transformed into His image – little by little – from one degree of glory to another!