2Cor. 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Everyone is looking for something; they just don’t know what they are looking for or where to find it. That’s where you come in. You have been strategically placed in various people’s lives that they may see the changes in you. They don’t know it yet but they are looking for glory. The last place they would look is probably in your life; that is why it is so stunning when they see it. That is why it is so imperative that we maintain the proper balance in life. Jesus called it “being in the world but not of it”. We must maintain our relationships with our lost family and friends but at the same time draw nearer to the Lord. As we behold the glory of the Lord the glory gets on us. It may not be obvious to you but it is to them. They see the changes; it may take time for them to verify the legitimacy of the changes, but when they do they will likely come to the Lord. This is our role, to shine in the middle of darkness. Here are some thoughts from Oswald Chambers on today’s verse.
“The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it—something good, but not what is best. The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else including work, clothes, and food be set aside. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through.”
So don’t be too worried when those you love are looking in all the wrong places for whatever it is they are looking for. Give it some time and you stay close to the fire. They will come around, you just keep shining.