And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed
into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
In order to reflect Christ’s glory, we must have unveiled faces. The NASB says, with unveiled faces beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord… and the NLT says, So all of us who have had this veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord…
Remember Moses when he came down from the mountain? His face was radiant because He had spoken with the Lord. He called the people over so he could speak to them and they would see the glory. When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence, he removed the veil. When he put the veil on, the people could not see that the glory would fade. It was the presence of God that produced the glory. When we are away from the Lord, the glory fades. It is our time with the Lord that gives us unveiled faces that reflect His glory. We have something even greater than Moses did…we have Jesus Christ. When we turn to Jesus, the veil is removed (v.16). When we spend time with the Lord, we become more like Him. We are transformed. The NASB says from glory to glory. It happens little by little.
What happens when we stop spending time with the Lord? The glory fades. At some point, our prodigals stopped spending time with the Lord. The glory faded. It was different for each one of them. The “why” or “how” doesn’t matter. This is where they are now. There is a veil over their faces so that they can’t see. But that doesn’t mean we can’t reflect the glory of the Lord. Our prayers, our time with the Lord, makes us radiant. With God, all things are possible. Removing the veil is His job, not ours. Listen to what this pastor has to say:
Though our prodigals may have left the Lord, he has not left them, not even for a second. They may be “lost” to you, but they are not “lost” to him. He knows exactly where they are and what they are doing at this very moment. He loves them more than you do. And he leads them even when they don’t know they are being led. Do you have a loved one who is far from the Lord? Does it seem totally impossible that he or she will ever change? Do you get angry thinking about their foolish choices? Do your prayers seem useless to you? Pay no attention to your feelings. There is more going on in the heart of your loved one than you can know.
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Keep praying. Keep spending time with the Lord. Keep being transformed. Let having a prodigal draw you closer to God. He has much to teach you. Keep trusting that God has got this; that nothing is too hard for Him…it all depends on Him. You, with unveiled face, go reflect the Lord’s glory!