Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”- 2 Corinthians 3:18
Thought of the Day- I want information but God wants transformation. That fact was at the heart of my problem with God. I thought I could cut a deal with God, to do a relationship with Christ on my terms. You know, in a comfortable way where I could still be in charge of all areas of my life, but call on Christ when I needed blessings or a favor or help getting out of a rut. But God would have no part of that plan of mine, not then and not now. That’s when I first began to realize that what a friend and mentor of mine had been telling me was true: He said “want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Well, now 18 years after I said “yes” to Christ, I have been transformed by relinquishing control of my life over to Him and seeing how He has made me stronger, more peaceful, more content. That’s not to say I still don’t struggle with trying to be master of my domain, or with sin, for the truth is I still struggle with everything.It’s just that now, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is good, that He has the best plan for me, and when I mess up and make mistakes, which is everyday, I can come to Him in repentance and He dusts me off and gets me back in the game. Transformation into the image of Christ doesn’t happen in an instant, but rather over the course of our lifetime. He must chisel away all of my rough edges that need hewing so that Jesus can emerge. It is like Michaelangelo chiseling away at the marble until David emerged. Jesus is each of us, we must just acknowledge how far we fall short, recognize the strongholds that we allow to hold us in bondage in our lives and invite him to take control. Once He does, His glory begins to be displayed through us, and a world desperate to know Him and the truth of the gospel, begins to catch a glimpse of Him through us, and the transformation that he is creating deep within our souls. It takes time to fully develop. He is not some Cosmic Bellhop, here at our beckon call. But as we allow His grace to permeate our very being, we will experience the glory of the Lord and we will never be the same again.