Recently, I have been enjoying “The way for a Christian to mature in life” by brother Witness Lee and what impressed is that as Christians we are sons marked out for glory who will be transformed into God’s image, that is, we will be transformed from glory to glory. 2 Cor 3:18 says:
But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
The first step of God’s work is that when we are saved, His Spirit enters into our spirit. From that time onward, His intention is that His Spirit, which is His element, would spread from our spirit to the various parts of our being. When He has completely worked Himself into every part of our being, then we will be mature in life – not only transformed in life but also filled with the divine life which has matured us. Then we can meet the Lord with boldness because by then whatever the Lord is, we also will be. 1 John 3:2 says,
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We know that if He is manifested, we will be like Him because we will see Him even as He is.
Whether or not we become mature in life depends on whether or not our heart loves the Lord. If our heart turns away from the Lord, He will be bound in our spirit and will have no way to come out or spread out. Through the turning and opening of our heart to the Lord we are able to behold the glory of the Lord face to face.
As we behold the Lord day after day in all our situations, we will eventually reflect the Lord’s glory and we will be transformed into His image from glory to glory. If we open to Him a little today, then we will see something of Him today. If tomorrow we open to Him further, then tomorrow we will see something more of Him. We are like a mirror and an unveiled face aimed at Him. The more we focus on Him and draw near to Him, the clearer and more glorious our reflection of His glory will be.
Lord grant us an unveiled face, a heart which is turned to You. Grant us a heart to love You so we can behold You face to face and fellowship with You every day! Through Your Spirit may You fill our whole being – our mind, emotion and will – with Your Glory and with Yourself as the Spirit!
Glory is equal to freedom! 2 Cor 3:17 says, And the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Glory and freedom are two characteristics of a Christian who is mature in life. When the Lord through His Spirit works His glory – which is Himself as the Spirit – into us and saturates us from our spirit into our soul, then we are becoming mature in life from glory to glory. Eventually our entire being will be glory and not only so – even our entire being will be free! There will be no more bondage from our spirit to our soul. Every part of us will be set free. Hallelujah.
Only when we are willing to pay the price and lay down whatever the Lord wants us to lay down will our heart turn to the Lord more and more. Then He will gain the ground in us and will be able to freely operate in us for His Glory and to His Praise. We will also be released and will have freedom. Then when people touch us, they will sense a taste of the Lord. This is to have the image of the Lord. May our heart turn to Him. [guest post: portion of enjoyment by brother Moh from the book The way for a Christian to mature in life]