Have you ever noticed how people start to look alike after they have been married for a long time? I know you’ve seen those couples. If you think about it; sometimes people even start to resemble their pets after a while. I know I’ve seen some older folks that look an awful lot like their dogs haven’t you?
It seems that’s the way things work. If you spend much time looking at something you begin to take on their image. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what, or who, you spend your time looking at. For me it has to be a winning situation because I have a beautiful wife I get to look at everyday. For her, on the other hand, well let’s just say she’s not as lucky.
When it comes to the scriptures we find the principle of becoming what you behold to be extremely important. In the Old Covenant we discover Moses wore a veil; “so the Children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away.” If they would have gazed at Moses face for too long they would have witnessed a fading glory. This is not what God had in mind for his Children. In the New Covenant we discover that old veil is done away with in Christ. “We with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” So it is true that we will become like who we look to.
Now how does this work in our day to day lives? It works by us looking into God’s word and discovering how God sees us. The Bible tells us in Christ we are blameless, perfect, beyond reproach, holy, righteous, justified, sanctified, redeemed and etc. We read that “Christ Jesus has become to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” If we are in Christ and he is in us then all of these things are true of us also. “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” The way we gaze at Christ in order to be changed into his image is we simply believe what he says about us in his word. God is Spirit so we can’t look at him with our physical eyes. Although we do have spiritual sight, if we begin to see ourselves as Christ sees us we will be transformed into the selfsame image from glory to glory. This seems to be the same process that makes married couples look alike and old ladies take on the same features as their dogs. It’s a mirroring process. The more we gaze into the mirror, which is God’s wisdom, the more we will be transformed. This is why I never say things about myself like “I’m an addict”, “I’m only human” or “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” I challenge you to call yourself what God calls you. If he says we are complete in Christ why don’t we just believe it?
Written by Louie