Now all of us, with our faces unveiled, reflect the glory of the Lord as if we are mirrors; and so we are being transformed, metamorphosed, into His same image from one radiance of glory to another, as the Spirit of the Lord accomplishes it. (2 Corinthians 3:18, The Voice)
If we as followers of Christ choose to reflect to the world the Bible, we reflect the wrong image. If we choose to reflect to the world the particular doctrine of our church, we reflect the wrong image. If we choose to reflect to the world the sins of a group of “outcasts,” we reflect the wrong image.
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. He sustains all that exists through the power of His word. He was seated at the right hand of God once He Himself had made the offering that purified us from all our sins. (Hebrews 1:3)
If we allow it, the Spirit of God helps us take comfort in knowing we are God’s children, knowing we have been adopted into God’s family, and that we can now call Him our Father. The Spirit who resides in our hearts affirms we are no longer outcasts, and since we are His children, we are heirs to all God has promised us (Romans 8:14-16, Galatians 4:5-7, Ephesians 1:5-6,14).
When we surrender, the Spirit of God who already abides in our heart, will saturate us with God’s gift of love and grace. This gift will change us – not the way a weight loss might change us – but the way a metamorphosis takes place inside a chrysalis as a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.
This metamorphosis will lift us, will empower us to see beyond ourselves through the eyes of our Father. Yet, we must be willing to grant access, to yield to the power, wisdom and compassion of the Spirit.
When we refuse and close our hearts and mind, we cannot be filled with the precious gifts of God. We remain unable to feel the fullness of His love or the generosity of His grace. We are therefore incapable of bestowing this same love and grace onto our loved ones, our neighbors, or other believers. By extension, we cannot offer God’s love and grace to non-believers; we are impotent to open the door to make disciples.
Divine Love has the power to effect lasting and real change. Alignment with such truth is to live under the “Reign of God.” The simple and pure motivation for all morality and religion is simply the imitation of God who is love. Fr. Richard Rohr
Lord, I pray today that all might understand the amazing gift that awaits with the single word, “Yes.” Please create in all your children a thirst for you. Please, for those who have not, let them say, “Yes” to you today.