Friday 17th August 2018 - Daily Reading:
2 Corinthians 3:18 - Beholding His Glory 4 – by Brenda Critchley

If you’ve been following these last few days you’ll know we are talking about seeking the glory of God and being transformed by beholding his glory.

Well, if we want to know this transformation in our own lives, how do we begin? We all need to have that first turning to the Lord in repentance and faith and experience the new birth. Then because we live in a sin-sick world we need to keep turning to him for washing, refreshing, renewing and seeking his face if we want to progress in our faith.

One practical way of doing this is to spend time meditating in the Bible, especially on those passages which tell us of the glory and splendour of Jesus. We can use our imaginations to picture the scene. So, Matthew 17:1-2 says this: ‘Jesus took with him Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.’ Then they heard God speak and they fell face down on the ground and were terrified. Getting close to God means getting close to the majestic all-powerful, creator and sustainer of the universe. It may not be either an easy or comfortable experience. His light shows up our dark and shadowy corners, which we may not want to be exposed. But if we want more of the Lord, some things will have to go.

John in his vision of Jesus in Revelation 1:12-18 expands this view of Jesus: ‘His hair was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. …His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.’ Spending time reading and thinking about the Lord Jesus from this description helps us in our understanding of who he is.

We need to turn to him in mind, heart, spirit, soul, every part of us. Seek his face, seek his presence and the promise is that he will meet with us and we too can be transformed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another.

(Scripture quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.)

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