Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. The Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we each, with unveiled face reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“Aha!” experiences are not only wonderful all by themselves, they are also wonderful because they are so freeing. Vast new possibilities open before us when the light finally goes on. We see relationships we did not know existed. We foresee connections and projects that otherwise never could have developed. This is the kind of freedom Paul has in mind in these verses. Becoming a disciple of Jesus is the best of these “Aha!” experiences. The Holy Spirit freed us by enabling us to perceive and appreciate “the glory of God in the face of Christ” when we heard the Gospel. Now as we continue to view all God has shown us of himself in Scripture, we see the panorama of life as God intends us to live it, rather than the narrow restricted view of our sinful self-centeredness. As our exposure to the glory of God increases, we absorb more of that glory, and our capacity to extend it to others grows as well. With this kind of freedom all our circumstances become stepping stones to more courage and joy.
Glorious Lord, grant me wisdom as I seek to use my freedom to bring others into the same experience of your glory that I enjoy. Amen.
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