By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
In a recent Bible-study discussion on the inward change of a person’s nature, the participants were directed to 2 Corinthians 3:18 –
“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 by the Spirit of the Lord.”
This passage from 2 Corinthians seems to tell me that I am transformed by looking at the Lord, focusing on Him. As I do my part of “beholding” Jesus, God’s spirit works the miracle of change in me.
So how do I know if I’m looking at the real “image” rather than a knock-off copy, painting, or counterfeit? By learning the truth of who Christ is as presented in the Word of God.
Years ago I learned that bank tellers were trained to detect counterfeit bills by handling real money. They looked at and handled only the real deal. Thus, their familiarity with the authentic alerted them to the counterfeit.
This illustration came full circle for me when one of the recent Bible-study participants turned out to be a former bank teller who confirmed what I had heard.
“By handling the truth, you catch the lie,” she said. “You don’t even have to look at the counterfeit. You can feel it.”
Can we say then, that on a spiritual level, we become like that upon which we focus?
When we become so familiar with our Lord by spending time in His word and in prayer, listening for His voice, we will more easily detect counterfeit “truths” offered by the world. Our part is to make the effort to learn the Lord. His part is to make the change in us by His spirit.
~By handling the truth you catch the lie. Click To Tweet
Taking one of his rough, sun-browned hands, she held it to her lips, then pressed it against her heart, and looked into his dear face. “Everything is perfectly all right,” she said, watching as he read her eyes, finding truth within them, and finally relaxing.
“Then why are you crying?”
Of course a man would not understand a woman’s emotions at all times, especially when they appeared to contradict and fluctuate as hers did so frequently these recent days. But she would try to help him. She would always try.
“Because, my dear husband, His mercies are new every morning.” ~An Impossible Price
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