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Listen while you read: "Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus"1 (Lyrics)
2 Corinthians 3:18 – 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. (NIV)
Every day possible, I walk in the woods with my dogs, and on sunny days, I am always amazed how the ordinary and even unsightly things are transformed into the beautiful by those warm and vibrant rays. An ordinary piece of moss glows with an almost fluorescent scope of greens and yellows, a long-dead aspen is robed in silver, or a plain rock suddenly displays the loveliest shades of red and brown.
So it is with those of us who know the Lord. In Him, we are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. That which is ordinary about us, that which is unlovely, is all in the midst of the beauty of His transformation within us that we might be more and more like Him. What an absolutely amazing and wondrous truth is this!
So let us cast aside those negative thoughts about ourselves. Let us cast aside false guilt and discouragement when we feel that we haven't measured up, and let us rise on the wings of His Spirit to praise and glorify His name with bright and cheerful hearts full of the sunshine and beauty of the Son's transformation.
Prayer: Father God, thank You so much that we do reflect the Lord's glory and are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory which comes from Him, Who is the Spirit. Bless us with continued faith to believe and embrace this amazing truth as we walk forth in the light of Your Son this day. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.