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Jessica Albritton, Family Connections Minister LHBC

2 Corinthians 3:12-18
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

While living in New Orleans there was a family I got really close with. You could often find me at their house hanging out or eating dinner. We attended the same church, the mom was a professor of mine, and the daughter, Olivia, was in a small group I led for the student ministry. One day, about a year after moving to the city, the mom and I were talking about Olivia and how much she had grown in the past year. I made the comment of how much she and Olivia favored one another and much to my surprise was told she had been adopted. I was shocked because looking at the mom and daughter they looked like they had been copied and pasted.

It reminded me of Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth where he encouraged the members to live a life that reflects Christ. The church at Corinth included some Jews but it was largely composed of Gentile converts, those that had been adopted into the faith family. Paul reminds the church that they had been “transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” In other words, believers in Christ are continually being changed into what they were created to be. Paul reminded the church as a believer our character is actively being conformed to Christ’s likeness as we grow in relationship with Him! 

What about you? Are you being transformed into Christs’ likeness? Are you growing in your faith and looking more and more like Him? May it be said of us that we look like our father! 

PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, Help me to look like You! Lord, give me a hunger and thirst for Your Word! I pray that Your Word not merely be heard but I pray it changes my heart to reflect You! In Jesus name I pray, amen. 

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Romans 5:1- Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ