Now we all with unveiled faced contemplate the Lord’s glory and are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
TRANSFORMATION! This is what takes place in the life of the one who pursues a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Living Word fills us with a power that touches every area of our lives, so that we’re never the same again! A few weeks ago, I heard someone say in frustration, “People can’t change.” Maybe you’ve felt that way at times too, but remember, according to God’s Word, the Absolute Truth, this is not true.
Maybe like me, you can testify to this. I’m not the same person I was 10 years ago. Thank God!! And you know what? I’m not even the same person I was 2 weeks ago. The more I make room for God in my heart and allow His Word to transform me, the more I change. I’ve also had the privilege of seeing many transformed lives. In the scripture above, we see that we’re being transformed into the image of Christ. The King James version says we’re changed “from Glory to Glory!” More of God’s glory!! Woo hoo! That’s what we all cry out for, right?? And that’s what God says this world needs for the Light to break forth in the darkness of this world!
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1-2
Many Christians cry out for the Glory of God, but they misunderstand what that really means. In the scripture above it explains that the Glory of God will be seen in and through us! We’re destined to be the very ones who release God’s Glory in this world.
In Isaiah 6:1-8, we see the prophet experiencing the Glory of the Lord & the transformation that takes place in his life. I encourage you to read that passage. In the Presence of a Holy God, like Isaiah, we recognize our need & God in His great love & mercy brings transformation to us. There’s a supernatural exchange.
Isaiah experienced the Glory of the Lord, & was never the same. The Glory of the Lord, God’s divine character and nature; His splendor, power and majesty revealed to us does this. The more we pursue God’s presence, the more His Glory is imparted to us. But something else happens. After Isaiah experiences God’s Glory, we see the Lord commission him. You see, God’s Glory isn’t just for us to be filled with, but for us to release wherever we go. This transforming power is meant to change us, and then change every life we come into contact with.
The apostle Paul was an amazing example of a life transformed and releasing that transformation to others. Once a “Christian killer,” now a lover of Jesus Christ, Paul’s passion for Jesus burst forth as he diligently shared the good news: the good news that Jesus came to save and transform our lives. The news that God’s grace is sufficient to not only cover our sins, but empower us to walk out a transformed life! Paul lived out this message! In Acts 17:6, we see Paul & and the other Christ followers accused of “turning the world upside down.” Halleluiah! That’s what we’re called to do! And that’s what the Glory of God released in and through us will do. This means, when you lay hands on the sick, they shall recover! When you walk down the street, you carry the Glory of God: His peace, joy, and power! Strongholds will be broken, people will be delivered, and the same love and power that changed your life will change theirs!
Church, it’s time for passion for Jesus Christ to rule our hearts & lives like never before! It’s surely not the next president that will change our world. It’s you and I, the born-again, power-filled disciples of Christ, who like Isaiah, will say “Here I am Lord! Send me!”
A few weeks ago, I was in Costco. It was still snowbird season, so I was elbow to elbow with people when suddenly a man stood out to me in the midst of the crowd. I heard the Lord say, bless him, so I prayed a silent prayer for him as I often do when the Lord places people on my heart. There are times the Lord will lead me to approach people and pray for them too, but this time I heard Him just say release blessings. I finished my shopping, paid for my stuff & began my long descent out of Costco, when suddenly my attention was drawn to this same man again. He was a few people ahead me and I heard the Lord say again, “Bless him.” “I did Lord,” I answered. “No,” the Lord said, “I want you to lay hands on him & release the power I placed inside you.” I will admit, I had a tiny argument with God saying how this man wouldn’t understand what I am doing and think I’m crazy and besides, how would I ever reach him in this sea of people? Well, of course God won the argument, reminding me He’s in charge & and I should obey, so I committed in my heart to do what God said. Still, I didn’t know how it would be possible when suddenly, the man pulled off the line. It was as if he stopped & was waiting there for me! So, with a little natural fear, but greater fear of the Lord, I went over to him and said, “This may not make sense to you, but the Lord told me to lay hands on you and release blessings, so in the name of Jesus Christ I release joy, peace, health and prosperity over your spirit, soul and body.” What started out as really awkward turned into an amazing time of ministry. That day neither of us were the same. God gave me a vision of the surge of power that was released as I obeyed & laid hands on the man. I know his life won’t be the same because of the Glory of the Lord. I share this story only to encourage those who like me, are not what you call a natural evangelist or even a naturally bold person. There are other gifts that come much more naturally for us, but it doesn’t matter, because when we allow God’s character & the gifts of His Spirit to flow through us, there’s no stopping us.
God is calling us to be bolder than ever. The things He will call us to do in this season may not even make sense at times, but if we listen with spiritual ears, He’ll direct us in ways that will turn this world upside down for Jesus. In our families, in our workplace, yes, even in Costco, God will use you and me to release His Glory! There are no limitations upon us, for the God of limitless power resides within us. It’s time more than ever for the church to walk the walk and not just talk the talk – to love radically, to boldly step out and to turn this world upside down for Jesus! I’m ready! Who’s with me?