2 Corinthians 3:18 – “So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and reflect the GLORY of the Lord. And the Lord -who is the Spirit- makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.”
Just like growing up in the natural, from childhood to an adult, there are progressive steps to maturity in Christ. The failure to know these steps is probably the reason for many believers defeat and failure to live in victory. Our goal is to grow to the place where the GLORY of the Lord is experienced in our lives and seen on our lives. The Apostle Paul said that we are to “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14). As we grow from glory to glory we will ascend the mountain of the Lord (Exodus 19:3) while conquering the enemies that have been assigned to us by Satan.
The first step toward success on any journey is in understanding where we are going. For every one of us that call ourselves a follower of Christ, the goal must be to have an intimate relationship with God. The reason why so many do not make it up the mountain to the glory of God is that they settle for a dry dead religious life (which is not life) instead of pursuing the relationship that God desires to have with them. The goal of our journey is to become like Him. It’s only out of intimacy with God that we will become like Him. Intimacy is the reason Jesus called the original twelve unto Himself (Mark 3:13). God’s whole intent in redemption is to re-establish us, His creation, back to the place that Adam lost in the garden before the fall. Relationship, walking with God, obeying Him, and fulfilling the mandate to rule on earth (Gen.1:26) is the reason of our journey.
We see the relationship that Adam had before the fall, but in the new covenant, by the riches of God’s grace, we see that God not only restores us back to the condition that Adam had. We are now “New Creations” that not only can walk with God as Adam did but we now actually have God living in us! (Romans 8:11) God has made us His temple and God NOW dwells in us! Jesus actually said that the same GLORY that He had is the same GLORY that He gave us (John 17:22). The GLORY that Jesus gave us is the same GLORY that He possessed. GLORY means Dignity and Honor in the Greek. This is the “New Creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When we realize this truth, it wipes out and obliterates the religious idea of unworthiness. With God there is no such thing as an unworthy “New Creation.”
The Lord created man for the purpose of relationship and Moses had one of the most special relationships with God. Moses will demonstrate to us how to live in the GLORY of the Lord. Exodus 33:9-11 states, “And it came about, whenever Moses entered the tent (the place of worship and prayer) the Lord would speak with Moses. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, just like a man speaks to his friend.” That’s pretty awesome but that was an old covenant relationship, and we have a better covenant with better promises. (Hebrews 8:6) Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:10 of how much richer our relationship should be, “For what was glorious (old covenant relationship) has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing GLORY of the new covenant relationship.” The Bible tells us that after Moses had these encounters with God that the visible glory of God could be seen on His face. But in the new covenant that cannot compare to the GLORY we live in. Because we do not just meet with God face to face periodically, we have Him living, walking, and speaking inside of us continually. He does not just descend to meet with us – He dwells with us!
Because Moses met with God face to face it says that his face shone with the glory of God. However, since God dwells in us, our whole lives should reflect a GREATER GLORY (Dignity and Honor), not just on our countenance but in everything that we do. This is the journey, our calling – to be His temple (a place of prayer and worship) the place where His GLORY is manifested. Our maturity will be reflected by how much of His GLORY is manifested through our lives. The reality of this should be as clear on Monday morning as it is on Sunday morning.
My prayer for you today is that the revelation of God’s Glory living in you will transform how you see yourself and will change how you live to reflect the Glory of God.