Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Glowing for Two
“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” 2 Cor. 3:18.
There is definitely truth that pregnant women have a certain radiance and glow the further along they get in their pregnancy. I read that as a woman’s body changes and the baby develops, there is an increased volume of blood being distributed that leads to a soft pinkish skin color.
I couldn’t help but to compare this to our increasing faith as we go more deeply with the Lord. We are born into sinful flesh before we even know what sin looks like. Not only are we infants in body, but we are spiritual infants. As we grow into our physical maturity there is a call on our lives to grow into our spiritual maturity. It is who we were created to be...unified and established in God’s love. When we commit our lives to pursuing the love of Christ we ask Him to take up residence in our hearts. It is that decision that allows the blood He shed to cleanse our sins. As Christ increases in us we reflect His goodness, His love and kindness. This ever-increasing transformation will not be an unintentional process, but one targeted by our desire to change from the inside out. This transformation will happen when we give Him full room to expand within us. ‘A life that glorifies God is not something we suddenly attain. As we spend time in God’s presence, His glory both transforms us and radiates from us.’ Living Free, p. 65.
How can we ensure that His glory is increasing within us? When we recognize God’s activity in our lives and allow Him to work things in His own timing and manner. Also, when others recognize God through us and our lives reflect His character in us. When we are walking actively with Spirit we take on His reflection and glow with the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23.