“…And 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 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV)
Reflect the Lord’s glory – wow, that’s quite a mission! I once heard a sermon (by Pastor Dan Savage, God bless him in heaven), who challenged us to look in the mirror of God’s Word and see ourselves. That’s what I do with the “U” part of My TEA CUPP Prayers, as I seek to understand my story in His Word.
Pastor Dan pointed out that the pharisees looked in the mirror of God’s Word (JESUS) and didn’t like what they saw, so they had to kill Him. Is that how we feel when we read God’s Word and don’t like what we see? Or do we thank Him for showing us ourselves and grow in our faith?
As we read God’s Word, it’s like a plumb line. We see our story and how we don’t measure up to God’s holiness, and how we aren’t in line with His path. The gospel is so much higher than where we are today. God’s Word shows us where we need to grow.
Pastor Dan admitted, “I can’t practice what I preach, but I can try.” And so I try, I fall, Jesus picks me up, I try again, I fall, Jesus picks me up. Each time I move a little farther forward and fall back less. And I keep seeing myself in the mirror of His Word, understanding my story more clearly each day.
My friend Cindy reminded me that sometimes we just can’t understand our circumstances. I just have to agree with her. Perhaps we can tell God, “I just don’t undertand! Why am I going through this!” And in time He will give us the peace to trust His plan, even when we don’t understand.
I think I’ll go look in the mirror of God’s Word again.