2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as the Spirit of the Lord.
The principle of becoming what we see has a great influence over our lives. The question is: what are you beholding? The image that should be before you always is the Lord. You should not see yourself in the mirror but the Lord. The image you see is what you are transformed into; what you look at on a consistent basis affects you.
We see this in the life of Laban and Jacob. Laban had cheated him, yet the Lord gave Jacob the technology for wealth — beholding. As the sheep kept beholding a standard, they were changing into that standard.
Moses had glory, yet the children of Israel couldn’t see the glory of Moses and hold it before them because he was veiled. The Old Testament could not perfect anybody, hence, God’s desire for us to behold Him. How can you not behold and know your Father? The Israelites were running away from God because there was terror in His presence; they could not meet up with the demand of the Lord for that time. Yet, God wanted man to be His offspring, which is why Jesus came and sacrificed Himself in order for us to be adopted into the Family of God.
Jesus came to walk in our midst to show us what we ought to be. The glory of Moses is outward. It is a shinning glory, but it cannot heal your carnality, only the glory of Jesus can. However, the glory of Jesus is not desirable to the carnal eyes. It is not an outward glory, and so no man rushes to it. Most times we love that which is shinning. That love is informed by the lust of the eyes — our affection for that which fades away. We have been called to Life and Godliness. Sometimes we can’t see the essence of God because we have ulterior motives before him, and our needs take priority before fellowship.
Psalms 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Some of us have put images before us and we behold it consistently, and so what you have as your life currently is as a result of what you are seeing. We need our sight to be adjusted. Our condition seems to be contrary to that which is in Christ. But if you put the Lord always before you, you will be conformed to that which you see. As we gaze on the Lord, we are changed into His likeness.
Let us fasten our gaze on Jesus. Let us look beyond the natural. It is a practical and deliberate thing to chase after the Lord. He is all you are permitted to chase after. If you seek the Lord you will find Him; ‘and ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.’- Jeremiah 29:13 There is no salvation in the present situation; the only source of salvation is the Lord.
We desire transformation and the only way is by beholding. Behold the character of the Lord in that place where you have a weakness. Gaze on His nature consistently and you will change.
Leave the old man with his struggles, and come and learn the new man. You will love in Him.
May the Lord pour His grace continually on us, that we may become more like Him. We receive grace to pursue after that which we ought to pursue.
Pastor Robyn Paul,
CentrePort Apostolic Centre.