By Toni Taylor
“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
Reading God’s Holy Word in 120 days! Our women’s bible study is wrapping up an amazing journey of reading God’s Word chronologically in one hundred and twenty days.
Was this journey amazing? Yes.
Was it life changing? Yes.
Was it sometimes difficult? Yes.
Did I become weary sometimes? Yes.
Did this one hundred and twenty days transform my life? YES!
The commentary in one of my bibles explains 2 Corinthians 3:18 as follows: “The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses experienced. By gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like Him. In the gospel, we see the truth about Christ, and it transforms us morally as we understand and apply it. Through learning about Christ’s life, we can understand how wonderful God is and what He is really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to change. Becoming Christlike is a progressive experience (see Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19 Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2) The more closely we follow Christ, the more we will be like Him.”
Now that I am coming to the end of this amazing journey through God’s word, where do I go from here? What did God reveal to me about His character and who He is?
By reading God’s Word, the Holy Spirit revealed to me God’s love, grace, mercy, patience, wrath, discipline, understanding, compassion and, most importantly, His desire to have a personal relationship with us. As I journeyed through the Old Testament, I saw how much love God had for His children. I saw that from the beginning, He wanted that sweet, tender relationship with His creation. Yet in His grace, He created each of us with a free will. A will to choose to love Him. A will to want to follow Him and live our lives according to His will. Yet from the beginning, we made the choice to walk away, to try and do things on our own.
As I read about the Israelites, it was easy for me to think things like “When are they going to figure it out? When are they going to see that God loves them and wants a relationship with them? When are they going to stop doubting and see all that He has done for them?”
How could they so quickly build an idol of gold and worship it rather than the One true God that has over and over again revealed Himself to them? Over and over again He had provided and instructed, yet they still doubted, they still disobeyed. But through all of this, God NEVER stopped loving them. Then the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I am no different. How many times do I try to do things on my own. How many times has God faithfully provided for me and yet I can turn around in a blink of an eye and start worrying and doubting. How many times have I built my version of a “golden calf”. For example:
–The golden calf of money and putting my security in how much is in the checking account instead of putting my trust in God’s faithful provisions. (Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 6: 25-34)
–The golden calf of worry and “what if” thinking: What if this happens or what if this doesn’t happen? (Philippians 4: 8-9)
–The golden calf of time. Where I allow myself to be caught up and distracted with my “to do” lists instead of spending time each day at the feet of Jesus. (Luke 10: 38-42)
These are just a few of the “golden calves” I have built and yet through God’s never- ending grace and mercy, He has never stopped loving me. He has never given up on me. Oh how He has displayed His never–ending patience with me.
Do you think the enemy was happy about this transformation taking place within me? Absolutely not!
Has he every step of the way tried whispering to me that I am not good enough, that I have made way too many mistakes? Yes, he has.
Has he tried to make me question my salvation and whether I can truly believe God and the truth of His word? Yes, he has……
But praise be to God that I have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for me on the cross. It’s true, I am not good enough, I have made a ton of mistakes, yet it is what Christ did for me on the cross that makes me good enough. It is the precious gift given by God through His Son that I am saved. (“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”. Ephesians 2:1)
Does the journey stop here? No! This transformation will be a continual process until the day God calls me home.
Is this transformation process easy? No.
Is it hard work? Yes.
Can I do this on my own? No. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that this can happen. Each day we need to take the time to gaze upon the true nature of God with unveiled minds. We need to take the time each day to sit at the feet of our Heavenly Father and allow Him, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to transform us and to allow that daily transformation to shine through our lives. We need to continually ask for help through the power of the Holy Spirit to help us apply what God has revealed to us through His word.
Is this journey worth it? Oh yes, because with each step, we draw closer to the greatest Inheritance of all– Jesus himself!