A few months ago after a hard day, I posted the saying on social media, “Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug.” Isn’t that true of our lives? Sometimes you’re dominating the hurdles and “to-do” lists of the day, and sometimes life knocks you on your butt. Life is so much about 2 steps forward, 1 step back, where we make incremental progress, but not steady progress. Because of this, and human nature, it’s easy to look at these short defeats and see only failure in our life. I know I see my failure much quicker than my success. Are you the same way?
The Scriptures paint our lives in a different story.
In 1 Cor. 3.17-18, Paul declares:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. ”
It is too easy to sweep past these well-known verses, but what strikes me are the words: liberty and transformed and glory to glory. We have been given liberty in the Spirit of God. We are free. We don’t have to be burdened or weighed down. Sometimes the reality of life does feel burdensome, but we know that we have been freed, even if we don’t always feel it.
In our liberty, we are being transformed from glory to glory.
This word “transformed” is the word “metamorphoumetha,” where we get the word metamorphosis, and it denotes a progressive change of the person. Too many times, this progress is hard to see, but it is still very, very real. A friend of mine, over beers a few months ago, said it this way, “We are rarely changed quickly. Our change is like aging. You don’t see yourself age, but then you go to your 20th high school reunion, and realize everyone has gotten old… and so have you. That’s what the Spirit does, you slowly change over time into the likeness of Christ. You ‘age’ into being more like Jesus.”
God is at work.
So know, even if you look in the mirror and don’t see change, the Spirit is at work in you. Even when you give into addiction, anger, or any other sin you’ve been trying to shake, Jesus is doing something in you. Even when you look at your life all you see is failure, our Father in Heaven promises to continue to mold you into the image of His Son. So as you live your week, know that you have freedom and liberty in Christ. Even if you don’t recognize His work in your life, you are being transformed progressively and incrementally from glory to glory. He is doing a good work in you, and you are stepping closer into who He made you to be.
I pray you walk in that knowledge and freedom this week.