You Can Change 2: What would you like to change?

These are my reflections on Tim Chester’s book: You Can Change.

Most of us have things we wish to change some of these may be good desires and some may be bad but the problem is that none of them are ambitious enough.

We were created to be God’s image on earth to reflect his glory.

However because of sin we have failed to be the images of God we were made to be.  We can’t be the people we want to be much less the people we ought to be.

Jesus is the true image of God and the glory of the Father – he makes God known to the world and shows us what it means to be the image of God and to reflect God’s glory.

“The secret of gospel change is being convinced that Jesus is the good life and the fountain of all joy.  Any alternative we might choose would be the let-down.” p18

Recreated in God’s Image:

The great news is that Jesus is not only our example –we need more than an example – trying to imitate Jesus on our own only leaves me feeling a failure.  Jesus is our Redeemer.

Paul says we have been redeemed and recreated – we are new creations.  We have been re-created in the image of God, and given new life so that we can grow like Christ, which is being like God, reflecting his glory.

God is restoring his image in us so that once again we can know him, rule with him and reflect his glory.

Seeing glory and reflecting glory:

In 2 Corinthians 3:13-18 Paul says that as when Moses came down from Sinai and his face shone with the glory of God, the Israelites were terrified and he had to hide his face.  In the same way people today do not recognize the glory of God because they do not recognize Christ and the veil remains.

But when the veil that hides God’s glory is taken away, our eyes are opened to see in Christ the glory of God.  And when we see the glory of God our faces shine with that glory – Moses is a picture of what all humanity ought to have been.  When we see God’s glory it transforms us so that we reflect God’s glory, bringing light to the world and praise to God.

“The message of this book is that change takes place in our lives as we turn to see the glory of God in Jesus.  We “see” the glory of Christ as we “hear” the gospel of Christ.” (p23)

Thomas Watson said of sanctification that it “is heaven begun in the soul.  Sanctification and glory differ only in degree: Sanctification is glory in the seed, and glory is sanctification in the flower.” (p24)

Most of us do not live lives that are considered great by the world but “holiness consists not in heroic acts, but in a thousand small decisions.  But God gave us the opportunity to fill the mundance and the ordinary with his glory.” (p26)

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~ by John on December 18, 2010.

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