Day 34 Sacred Season

Day 34 Sacred Season

Day 34.  12th July  Transformed in fire:  2 Cor 3:7-18; 

 Colette Williams  South Australia

  And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit  (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

  Basis of Union Paragraph 12:  The Uniting Church will seek ways in which the baptized may have confirmed to them the promises of God, and be led to deeper commitment to the faith and service into which they have been baptized.

  Paul has been comparing the glory (splendour) of the old covenant, which came with the Law chiseled in stone, with the surpassing glory of the new covenant, which will last forever, and which God has written in our hearts. 

 The glory that shone on Moses’ face, radiant from being in the presence of God, nevertheless faded over time.  In contrast our glory, which is the Lord’s glory reflected in us, will only grow and increase as we are transformed more and more into his likeness.

  How does this happen?  Verse 18 says that we are “being transformed into his likeness,” which is a passive and an on-going process, as the Holy Spirit does his work within us. 

 But we also have a part to play.  We don’t become more and more like Jesus just through the passing of time. 

 In John 15 we have the wonderful analogy of the vine and the branches, and Jesus’ profound words, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” (v.4)  Here is the secret to it all.  As we remain in Jesus, his life flows through us, and his character becomes our character, his qualities our qualities.  They are given to us as a gift as we live in him.  Jesus said, “My peace I give you.”  He doesn’t just give us peace, he gives us his peace.  “…that my joy may be in you…”  He doesn’t just give us joy, he gives us his joy.  “Remain in my love.”  We don’t have to generate our own love, but allow Jesus’ love to flow through us as we live out our union with him.

 The more we remain in him and he lives his life through us, the more we will be transformed into his likeness, and the greater the glory as we increasingly reflect him.

 Prayer.

 Lord Jesus, may it be our primary goal to remain in you, and then everything else will flow from there.  May we regard it as just as essential to our spiritual well-being as breath is to our physical well-being, for without you we can do nothing of lasting value.  Give us grace that we may reflect you, for the sake of the world.    Amen.

 Pray for:  Unitingworld partner –  The Korean Christian Church in Japan

 Today Assembly begins in the afternoon with orientation and essential business proposals.  Pray for all the delegates as they settle in. Pray also for Stuart McMillan as he is installed tonight as the President of the Uniting Church