Today’s Topic: What Do You Look Like?
Today’s Text: 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Proverbs 27:19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
Well the remodeling job on my bathroom is proceeding slowly. It seems I can’t find enough time or energy to put in the work necessary to get it done. Every night, when I go to bed, the closed door to that room stares at me. I know that on the other side of that door is a room that is a mess. I know there’s a plan for that room, and I have all the materials available to complete the room. But unless I actually do the work, it will not get done. I just need to keep my eyes fixed on the finished look, and apply myself every day to making it happen.
For many of us, the remodeling of life proceeds slowly as well. We know there is a plan designed by the Owner of our lives to remodel us into the image of Christ. He has provided all the materials necessary to complete the job through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in us. But it is hard and slow work. The demolition of years of previous construction is painful, but it must be torn out. The replacement of all the new material takes time, but it takes even longer when we don’t invest the time to work on it. It’s easier to shut the door to that room and not look at it. If only we would fix our eyes on the finished look the Master has designed.
The question then that must be asked and answered by each of us is this – “What does the Master’s design look like?”
The answer is easy to find, but hard to do; it’s more difficult than we are willing to admit. Over and over the Scriptures teach us one thing and one thing only that sets us apart as having been remodeled by the Master Designer – LOVE.
The fundamental principle of life in the kingdom of God is LOVE. The kingdom is not founded on one’s ability to interpret Scripture, or counsel people, or accomplish great things in the church. It is not founded on the power to heal or cast out demons or take authority over nature or even know and obey the law. The Kingdom of God is founded on the love of God for people who in turn love God and love others. This alone is the foundation of the Kingdom and is to be the focus of our every choice.
When we fail to keep our eyes fixed on the Designer’s intended “look of love”, the remodeling work stops. That’s when we choose to shut the door to avoid looking at the unfinished mess.
So what do you look like? Is everything about your life reflecting the Designer’s love? Are you being daily remodeled into the image of Jesus Christ?
Here’s a poem I found in one of my devotionals from 10 years ago. It really speaks to the remodeling project of our lives. Make it the prayer of your heart today.
When we marvel at the grace
that has given us a place
where we will see His face,
we will by that grace
remember our place
and reflect His face
and not our own.