Thursday 16th August 2018 - Daily Reading:
2 Corinthians 3:18 - Beholding His Glory 3 Ė by Brenda Critchley

ĎAnd we, who with unveiled faces all reflect, (or contemplate) the Lordís glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.í What a statement!

We discovered 2 days ago that the glory to be experienced in Christ far surpasses the glory of the Old Testament experiences of God, and that it is everlasting. Now Paul tells us that it is ever-increasing. The more we look, the more we contemplate the beautiful face of Christ the more we will reflect his glory.

One thing we need to remember is this: that this is not our glory; we are not meant to seek the glory for ourselves. This is the surpassing, everlasting, ever-increasing glory of the Lord Jesus Christ; it is not ours. But as we turn to him, love him, seek his face, spend time in his presence, we will reflect the glow of his glory, much like the moon has no light of its own, but reflects the brightness of the sun and so gives a glow in the sky. Paul goes on in chapter 4 to explain we are just clay pots who have this treasure of the Lordís presence in us. And that is to show itís Godís glory and not ours.

But one thing we do know is that God is just waiting for us to turn to him through his Son. He longs to meet with us. He longs for us to know him more, to seek his face. In Isaiah 45:19 we read of God speaking and he says: I have not spoken in secret from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacobís descendants, ĎSeek me in vainí. I the Lord speak the truth. I declare what is right.í He doesnít call us to seek him and then hide himself from us. Heís longing for us to find him. But we must come hungry, humble, thirsty for more of him.

Itís also a promise. James tells us in James 4:8. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Not he might or he could, but he will. Hungry heartfelt seeking after God always draws his heart.

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