| The following post titled is based on last weekend's message across C3 Sydney’s 11 Locations |
l “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image
from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) l
Isaiah paints a picture of the wilderness followed by the revealing of God’s glory (Isaiah 40:3-5). We see it again with John the Baptist: The voice in the wilderness and with Jesus, who went into the wilderness with a revelation of God and came out with power.
As we approach Presence Conference we too are living out Isaiah’s message by bringing down the high places (our pride), smoothing off our rough edges (keeping God at arm’s length) and creating a smooth landing space for God. Isaiah says that God’s glory will be revealed which means that it was previously hidden. God has new, wonderful things planned which we haven’t seen before.
Miracle of transformation
The miracle of turning water into wine is recorded in John 2:1-11. It is carefully noted that this is Jesus’ first miracle and the first time He manifested His glory. It seems logical then that the Bible would record Jesus’ last miracle but it does not. Miracles and God’s glory did not end when Jesus ascended into Heaven, they continue on the earth today.
Sometimes miracles are more complex than we expect. Consider Moses and the rescue of Israel from slavery. Moses tried to help his way by killing an Egyptian slave-master but that didn’t work. He then spent 40 years in the wilderness. When he came back to Egypt armed with signs from God it still took another year of plagues and misery before the people were set free. Moses could never have anticipated the journey to deliverance. Like Moses, we need to have faith that breakthrough is coming even when the journey seems complicated.
Jesus calmed storms, healed sickness and injury, forgave sins and raised the dead but He does not do any more miracles where one substance is transformed into another substance - until you look at 2 Corinthians. Jesus is transforming us into His image and He is the glory of God (John 1:14, Hebrews 1:3).
We become what we behold
We often feel that we are doing battle with ourselves, making decisions about our behaviour which we will wrestle with later.
2 Corinthians 3: 18 tells us to unveil our faces, take off the masks we hide behind and look at Jesus. We become what we behold, what we focus on. What do you see when you look into a mirror? It isn’t anyone else’s face, it’s you. In the same way, the Bible is our mirror as Christians. When we read the Bible we see who we really are: we are not a mess, we are the glory of God.
As we approach Presence Conference, let’s shift our focus to looking at how the Bible describes us and Jesus, who is transforming us. Let’s create space for God to move.
Something to talk about:
1. What does Isaiah & John’s call to “make room for God” look like as we approach Easter and Presence Conference?
2. Have you had an experience of an unexpected, complicated journey to a breakthrough?
3. Which characteristic of Jesus’ would you like to see yourself transformed into?