But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT
Earlier in 2 Corinthians chapter 3, Paul lays out the difference between the old covenant and the new covenant. How Moses had to cover himself with a veil so that the people could not directly see the glory of God.
He speaks of the veil as the old covenant and how it covers the mind with requirement and law which could not be met. Yet God made a way through Christ, as the payment for our sin so that the veil could be removed and we could see this world with a perspective from the Spirit.
I’ve thought a lot about this lately as we’ve been studying Ephesians 4 and seeing how those who are not saved walk in a way that is contrary to God, buried deep in the trappings of this world, yet it seems completely normal to them. We see this all around us. I see it in people at work, son, you see it in kids at school. So many people walking around in darkness, living a life completely unaware of what else is out there. Completely unaware, or purposefully in denial, of the God that is with us and desires to live in our hearts so much that he sent his son to die a brutal death so that we could be made new.
It’s important that we remember that we’re not better than these people! Our hearts should break for our co-workers, our school mates, our friends, and our family who don’t believe. I know that your hearts are for others to see the glory of God, and I am grateful that God has done that in both of you, so I want to challenge us as a family to keep these people in our prayers every day. Fervently praying for the veil to be lifted and for them to see what God wants to do in their hearts. I want to challenge us to think about how we’re interacting with these people, being aware of what’s going on with them so that when God opens a door for us to plant the seeds, we can walk right through and scatter those seeds rather than unknowingly looking the other way. Remember, we don’t save anyone, it’s all God, we just need to allow him to use us!
One last thing, Paul say’s that God has removed the veil so that we reflect the glory of the Lord! Did you see that, He doesn’t only remove it so that we can see, but he removes it so that we can be a reflection. Think about walking next to windows in a store or building on a bright day, what impacts the quality of the reflection you see? Aside for imperfections in the glass, the cleanliness of the window makes the most impact in the reflection that we see. If the window is covered in dirt and dust you will still see a reflection, but it will be distorted from real life. Now, if the owner of the building has done a good job keeping the windows clean, you will see a bright, vivid reflection of yourself.
Think about this, when we are saved, people see a reflection of the Lord in us, but the brightness, and the vividness of that reflection is directly related to the “cleanness” of us, or how well we reflect the Lord. When we’re not walking with the Lord, his reflection begins to grow dim and be clouded out. When we draw near to the Lord and walk in his truth, the reflection grows bright and vivid. I think of the Spirit as the window washer, he cleans us, scrubs us, and polishes us until we become a pure reflection of his glorious image!
How cool is that?! Let’s let God be reflected in us, so that others will see the wonder and glory that He is!!