2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) – “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
A photography light reflector bounces existing light and re-directs it back onto the subject. In short, a reflector does just what it says: it reflects light. That is its primary purpose.
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face glowed from being in Yahweh’s presence (Exodus 34:29-35). Moses had to wear a veil to keep the Israelites from being terrified by the radiance of his face. Paul adds that the veil kept them from seeing the radiance fade away. Moses and his veil illustrate the fading of the old system – and the veiling of the people’s minds due to pride, hardness of heart, and unrepentance.
We need to have our face unveiled in order to receive the light of Christ as well as to reflect it. When we become believers, Christ removes the veil (2 Corinthians 3:16), giving eternal life, and freedom from the law. Without this veil, we are like mirrors reflecting God’s glory.
The glory that is imparted to the believer by the Spirit lasts longer than the glory Moses experienced. By gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like Him. In the Gospel, we witness the truth about Christ. When we understand it with help from the Holy Spirit and apply it to ourselves, it transforms us.
Do you desire to become more Christ-like? The Holy Spirit – God Himself will enable you – but you have to consistently desire it. Becoming Christ-like is our sole purpose. It is a progressive experience (Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2).
Choose today to follow Christ closely in an intimate relationship. You will find yourself becoming more like Him. And that is worth more than any treasure on Earth.