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 3:16-18
What is it that you most want in all of life? If you could ask me for one thing what would it be? That may seem like a hard question. I think that I have certainly discovered what I wouldn’t ask for. I’m positive that I know what I would ask for. I am just as certain that you will answer my request. This sounds very interesting. I would like to hear what you have to say. Over the course of my life I might have made a dozen different requests in answer to your question. Like what? At one time I would have said that I wanted to be rich. At another time I might have wanted to be powerful or even famous. I’m also embarrassed to say that at times I would have wished to live in complete comfort and have every pleasure. At a minimum I have certainly wanted to live a life that would be envied and admired. Sometimes my desires have not been completely self-serving. How so? I have wanted to be a great leader and gifted servant that would accomplish great things for the benefit of mankind. These are all things that you have wanted in the past? That’s right. What about now? Do you really know what you want? Yes, I do without any hesitation. Yes, I do know what I want without a doubt. Tell me what you want to ask of me.
What I want from you is one thing that unfolds into many different parts. Are you sure that you aren’t really trying to ask for many different things? No, I don’t think so. I’m listening. I want to know you. That might seem like a small request to some. Not to me. I don’t want to know about you. I want to know you. I don’t want to know you just a little bit. I want to know you well. I want to know you intimately. That sounds like one request to me. There is more. Like what? Knowing you would lead to me loving you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Again, I don’t want to love you just a little bit. I want to love you with all that is within me. Loving me is a part of knowing me. I thought so too. There is more. Like what? If I know and love you I will also become like you. I want to become like you in all that I think, say and do. I want to know your thoughts. I want to walk in your ways. I want to do your will. Becoming like me is a part of loving and knowing me. I’m so glad to hear that. There is more isn’t there? Yes, there is more. If I know and love you and become like you I will reflect your glory. Yes, that’s right. As I reflect your glory I would bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. What do you mean by that? As I reflect your glory people would see you living in me. As I reflect your glory people would be drawn to you. Yes, they would. So my one request from you is that I would know you and love you and become like you and reflect your glory so that people will be drawn to you through my life. That is a very good request. That is the one thing that I am asking of you. You are right about one thing. What’s that? I will hear and answer this request of yours.
Lord, I have come to you and turned my life over to you. You have set me free to live the life you have given me to live. Do your work in me. Make me to be like you. Make it so I am able to reflect your glory so that others will be drawn to you. Amen
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