Glowing with Glory (Aug 29)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

August 29

Glowing with Glory

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 95:1-11 | Job 33:1 – 33:33 | 2 Corinthians 3:1-18 | Proverbs 22:8-9

Today’s Scripture Focus: 2 Corinthians 3

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV).

Moses walked intimately with the Lord and the effect was sometimes seen on his face–it would glow with reflected glory. But over time, the glory would fade, so Moses began to put a veil over his face.

The New Testament promises a “surpassing glory” that goes beyond what Moses experienced. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we are transformed into the very likeness of the one we worship–the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m encouraged to know that as I spend time with Jesus daily, he begins to rub off on me. Little by little, day-by-day, I reflect more of the life of Christ within me in my daily attitudes, character and behavior.

It’s God’s intention for each of us to experience a little more of that glory today than we experienced yesterday. Of course, it doesn’t just happen with time. It requires seeking the Lord.  It requires time in his presence. It requires times of intimate fellowship with the one who loves us most. Maybe that’s why some of us don’t seem to be glowing much. Maybe that’s why some of us aren’t growing much.

There is so much more of the glory of Christ to be revealed in us. There is so much more of his glory to be reflected on our faces and through our lives. So, with Moses, our prayer is, “Show us Your Glory!”

Lord, show us Your glory. Shine the glory of Jesus into our hearts as we fellowship with him. May we be transformed from the inside out—attitudes, mindset, character, behavior. May his radiance shine from our faces and draw others to Christ. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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