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 from the Lord, the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18
Glory to Glory…sounds great doesn’t it? Well the bookends do….glory…glory. The last word sounds really good since this implies the second glory is better than the first. The second glory looks and acts more like Jesus. That is what I want…to look more like Him every day…to act more like him…to treat others more like he would treat them…to speak more like him…to love God more like him…to be more like him…to do more of what He did.
But to get to the next glory…you have to get thru that middle part. You have to MOVE from one place to the next. I don’t know about any of you, but moving from one place to the next isn’t always a barrel of laughs. If you move from one house to another you know what I mean. All the packing and discarding and cleaning and moving and unpacking and decorating. It is hard work to move from one place to another even if you are excited about where you are going.
Moving up in a career is much the same way. You have to go to classes to learn new things. Many times you are building on something you have learned at some other time. But sometimes you have to learn something completely new that you had never heard of. Or you are asked to do something a new way. I think many company’s like to hire at an entry-level and promote from within because they can train their people to do things their way from the very beginning. Less to undo and re-teach.
What about our spiritual lives? What about being transformed from glory to glory? That is actually quite a process. You may get to build on whatever foundation you have, but sometimes you have to give up faulty belief systems. And even if you don’t have any faulty beliefs you need to undo, you may have hurts or hangups created by events from your past that need to be healed in order for you to get to the next thing God has for you…the next glory. Sometimes giving up things you’ve held as sacred cows can be a painful process. Sometimes allowing God to come in and transform and heal a place of brokenness can feel very scary. You have learned to function very well with those things. Moving on without them may seem much more daunting than carrying those heavy bags. But what if you can’t go where He is leading you with all the things you have collected in those bags? What if He needs to lighten your load? What if He needs to lead you thru a wilderness on the way to the next glorious place with Him? What if a valley is the only way to get from one mountain top to another?
And maybe you don’t have any faulty belief systems or hurts that need to be healed or sins that need to be forgiven. I’m not sure I believe you, but what if that is the case? What would glory to glory look like in that case? Maybe it would be God revealing new things in scripture to you that you had not seen before. Maybe it would be God teaching you something new about yourself. Maybe it would be you learning a new thing for ministry that He has called you to.
It looks to me like any way you move from one glory to another requires change. It requires transformation. It requires a willingness to submit to what God is doing in your life. It may require sweat and tears. It may require hard work and sleepless nights. It may require leaving something behind in order to gain something new. It may happen overnight or it may take years, but it always requires forward movement.
And yes…sometimes it is “hell in the hallway”…but isn’t glory to glory worth it?