From a Pastor’s Heart: What and Who is being reflected?
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit” 2. Corinthians 3:18 (New Revised Standard Version).
As a little child growing up on the island of Antigua, my paternal great- grandmother was a potter. I used to spend every weekend with her. This gave me the opportunity to observe her, as she molded clay into beautiful instruments. Many times, I watched when she was finished with a piece, after looking at it, would re-dipped it, and soaked it in water. This was because she found some imperfections and needed to remold it. She had a desire for her work to reflect exquisite beauty. She used to say, “my work reflects who I am.”
God our Creator, also desires that we are true reflectors of who he is. Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 9:6, informs us that humans, are created in the image of God. That is humans can and should be a reflector of God’s attributes, his character. Therefore, when we consciously make the decision to be followers of Jesus Christ, our responsibility is to be instruments of effectiveness, change, and a witness for God’s glory. To be that instrument, we must become like clay in the hands of a potter. We must daily yield to the Holy Spirit, so that we can be molded in the likeness of our Lord and Savior. Eugene Peterson, gives a more in-depth reading of 2 Corinthians 3:18, which reads:
“Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Prayer of Submission
Gracious Sustainer, we are grateful for your continuous love, grace and mercy. We are blessed to be recipients of your holiness, joy, and peace. You created us in your image and desired for us to grow into your likeness. You sent your great Light into this world to lead us into the paths of righteousness. Yet, we sometimes stray and rebelled against your ways.
O God of the heaven, the earth, the sea, the mountains, the rivers, we humbly bow ourselves before your divine presence. We acknowledge that You are the Vine and we are branches. We are aware that we have failed to live in harmony with your will. Father, we seek your divine forgiveness so that we may live. We desire to be your vessels. Through your righteousness, make us righteous.
Like the Apostle Paul, open our eyes to see you, to travel on the path you have set before us. Keep your hand upon us, keep us close to You O Lord. Make our hearts tender, so that your Word abide in us, and we abide in your Holy presence. Grant us the strength to be your witness to others. May the work we do flourish and bring you glory; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!
(Composed by Pastor Olivet)