Opening Prayer: 

“Heavenly Father, Your desire is to transform me so that I reflect the beauty, life, and love of Jesus. Continue that change in me today as I seek to connect with you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Song for Reflection: How Great is our God

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-18

Reflection:

"...we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen..."

I used to have a lot of trouble with this admonition of Paul.  Do I believe in something that's invisible? Is Christianity just a matter of blind faith? Don't we want to see Jesus at work in my life and transforming the world around me? Is this just a silent and invisible mystery I'm supposed to believe in?

But on second take, I don't think Paul is inviting us to blind faith. This "unseen" reality is something we can "fix our eyes" on. It's an object that we can focus in on. Or better yet, it is a personal reality! The trick is, we don't see God's glory in Jesus in the exact same way we see things. In fact, when Jesus came, he was "veiled" in flesh. People didn't always recognize that in this human person before them, who suffered for us and served us, was the very living God.  But it turned out, in that beat-up person hanging on a cross was the living God, and the resurrection from the dead was the proof of it! 

In the same way, Jesus is alive and present in us today, but he's not always visible in the way we expect. He "hides" himself in the lives of broken people, people subject to suffering, decay, imperfection, sin, and death. But He is there as sure as God was fully in Christ. And our hope is that the Jesus who dwells within us will one day break forth in our lives in full glory as surely as the glory of God shined in a new way in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. 

So fixing our eyes on what is unseen doesn't mean we fix our eyes on an invisible mystery. It means we fix our eyes on hope - we wait and trust that the work of resurrection is already at work in us, though we still toil in broken flesh, and one day it will transform us completely!

Reflection Questions:

God is working to make all things new. Are there any areas in life where you are longing for God to come and bring change?

What can this Scripture teach you about God’s power and promise to transform life?

What might it mean for you today to count on God’s promise to transform?

Closing Prayer:

“God, send me your Spirit today to transform me from the inside out! Give me the courage to follow you as I put my hope in the promise of resurrection. In your Son’s name, Amen.”

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