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Friday, January 20, 2012

Removing the Lens Cap

"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).

She went through half of the performance of her child's first Christmas program at his preschool before she realized her great gaffe. The pictures had all been snapped with great joy that spilled over from the smiles that shown like a brightly lit marquee. Then she realized. The lens was still on. No matter how beautiful the image would have been, she would never see again. She would never be able to show anyone of this great moment. It was there. She missed seeing the "greater picture" because she never got passed the lens cap.

How true this story is in our lives. God longs for us to see who He is and where He's leading us, and what He wants to show us at any given eyes. Without a relationship with Jesus, we are seeing life through a camera that still sports the cap. With "unveiled face" speak of God, through Jesus Christ, having made a way for us to more fully see, know, and understand the purposes for which we were created. He has provided access and clarity for us to more clearly see the hope we can have, in Him, as we journey in reaching that purpose.

What a knowledge you have access to. In Christ, you have the challenging, yet rewarding opportunity to be changed from degree of glory to another. He sees the potential worth in you so much, that He is constantly working on purging you, purifying you, and polishing you so that He can present you with the highest value possible. He's not done working on you. Open your eyes and see that He is passionate for you, perfecting you, and preparing you for the greatness of what He has in store for you. Don't become so distracted with what you see here and now that causes you to miss what He really wants you to see. You don't ever have to give into discouragement, doubt, or depression. He's still there. You're still being transformed. Take the lens of your understanding off, and begin to view your path through the eyes of faith in Jesus.  His amazing grace has never lost its power.  "For I was blind...but now I see."

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