“Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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 3:15-18
Conversion is amazing! We go from blinded to seeing, from veils covering our eyes to seeing clearly. When the Lord renews our hearts we are free to live for Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our motives change, our hearts change, our goals change, and we long to become more like Christ.
The work of being transformed into the likeness of Christ requires a joint effort. God clearly controls, leads, and enables, yet we need to surrender to the power of the Holy Spirit and follow Christ. We surrender and place ourselves in a position to be transformed by God. We open our Bibles and pray and let God transform our hearts and minds. We allow God to work in us by attending church and youth group meetings; He will teach us!. We can yield to Christ in times of praise and worship.
Our holy God calls us to be holy because He is holy. It pleases Him when we make it our aim to be like Jesus Christ. He has given us His Holy Spirit to enable us to grow in holiness.
God is all around us, but most importantly Christ Jesus dwells in us through the Holy Spirit. We are in Christ and He is in us. He enables us to reflect the Lord's glory and to be transformed into His likeness!