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 Cor 3:18 (NIV)
We may be a diamond in the rough but in the Lord’s hand we have worth at every stage
Take a minute to read 2 Cor 3:7-18. So many times we can look particularly at verse 18 and find hope that the Lord is refining us in the fire of His Spirit. Like gold being refined or a rough diamond being cut to 58 facets. That we are being transformed into His perfect and beautiful image. That the very one we behold, now face to face (because the veil has been taken away at the point at which we turned to the Lord), is the one we are becoming. And this is all true. But let us also find hope in the process. There is a journey of progress and change, but there is still something of great substance on us for the now.
Let’s not think, ‘one day I will be more like Jesus so I’ll wait until then’…
Let’s be reminded that we go from glory to glory. Have we ever realised that we are currently in a level of glory already? We lose sight of the fact that God has graced us with a certain degree of His glory that we already operate in. This glory is greater than the glory we have ever had yet! This glory is not a fading glory. The glory of the new covenant (superseding the Mosaic law) is of the ministry of the Spirit (superseding the ministry of death) and the ministry of righteousness (superseding the ministry of condemnation). This glory, Paul writes, is a) a glory that excels and b) a glory that remains.
So what are we doing with the glory that the Lord has put on us this day?
Are we living in the freedom found in the presence of Holy Spirit (v17)? Do we fully understand the magnitude of hope this brings? Does this propel us into using great boldness of speech (v12)?
We are sufficient as ministers of the new covenant
This passage clearly tells just a few verses beforehand that our sufficiency is from God, not of ourselves, or our doing. That we have such trust through Christ towards God. That in the Lord being our sufficiency we are made able ministers of the new covenant.
Although the future holds a greater glory, I wish we could understand what the Lord has called us to do this very hour. Today, we have been given a glory greater than we’ve ever had. Jesus has made us able to speak life and wisdom/righteousness (or rightwiseness as was the original way of spelling this), into situations, environments and people.
Let us be encouraged that in our current revelation of the beauty of the Lord, that we already have some degree of His glory and goodness on us and therefore through us onto others. So I pray that the eyes of our understanding be opened to this, which propels us onward as able ministers of the promises we have assurance of.