All of Paul’s talk about being unveiled had me thinking back to Moses’ illuminated face. It’s how I feel coming back from summer camp or a church retreat, or after closing a theology-rich Timothy Keller book; I feel like my face is glowing. But eventually, just like Moses’ brightened face, it dulls.
During a spiritual high, I can adjust my behavior and correct my mistakes quickly. It feels like I’m changed! But eventually, I stop correcting myself and lose interest in a regular discipline of being on my best behavior. Whatever influenced this change was only skin-deep.
It’s normal to have ups and downs in your spiritual life, and I’ve been learning to give myself more, grace more often. Are we ever really changed?
Paul reminds us today that there is freedom and ultimate change in Christ. And what’s different between Moses’ experience with God and ours is that we are possessed by God’s Spirit. He doesn’t just change our problems, his Helper heals them. The gospel is inviting us to free ourselves from sin, not just address the symptoms.
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. “ 3:17-18
Spiritual growth is not temporary behavior modification. It’s becoming more like Jesus, an experience that never fades away!
Do you find yourself becoming more and more like Jesus? If so, how? If not, take a minute and reflect on what is preventing it.