A couple weeks ago, I was on my way to Rock Harbor’s pre-service prayer. Since I’m on the prayer team, attending the prayer meetings is a great way to get a feel for what God may be planning to do during the night. Ironically, he actually spoke to me in the car on my way to the pre-service meeting. He gave me a brief vision. This wasn’t an open-vision like the ones Ezekiel had, it was more like a moving mental picture. It was kinda like a gif – sure, let’s call it a Holy-gif. You know who else had Holy-gifs? Jeremiah. If you don’t believe me just read Jeremiah 1:11-14. Anyway, what I saw was pretty rad, so please let me paint this picture for you.
I saw a huge iceberg and Jesus was holding some sort of blow-torch, shooting fire at this iceberg. The fire melted the iceberg to the point where there was a beautiful, clear ice-sculpture standing where the former iceberg was. It was a beautiful image I saw, but I had to ask God for the interpretation (Once again, much like what happens in Jeremiah 1:11-14). He didn’t tell me the interpretation immediately, but He hinted that it would be for a specific individual who needed prayer at church that night. Let’s fast-forward a couple hours. When it was time for people to come up to the front for prayer, God reminded me of the image he shared with me and he gave me the interpretation. As I was praying for one young man, I asked God if he was the guy that this vision was for. It felt like Holy Spirit was confirming it so I shared the vision with the young man. I then told him the interpretation,
I feel like you may have guarded some things in your heart that God wants to control. It’s almost as if your heart and emotions have been frozen-over, but God wants to warm your heart. Once you allow God to transform your heart, you will become the beautiful sculpture He created.
This is the gist of what I told him. He seemed to be moved by the words God spoke to him through me, and I am confident that God touched him that night. Very rarely will prophetic words for another person remain engraved in my mind. However, ever since that night, that vision has been circulating throughout my head. I think it is partly because it was action packed and awesome looking, but also because of the deep truth hidden within this imagery. I believe this is a beneficial word for every person, in all seasons of life. I have personally grown a lot due to this revelation and that is why I want to share it with all of you!
I am fascinated with the sanctification process of the Christian life. Certain verses in the Bible have stirred a passion in my heart to see the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in a person’s identity. As we Christians grow in our faith and become more like Christ, we can point the glory to Jesus even when we’re not trying! Take a moment to read this verse and meditate on it. Read this over and over until you realize how true it is about you.
“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.” ( 2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV)
Wait, so we are actually being transformed into the “same image” of God? And from glory to glory – what does that even mean?! I don’t know but it’s awesome. As we “behold the glory of the Lord” we begin to look like him. For example, this is clearly seen in Exodus 34:34-35,
“Whenever he (Moses) entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant.”
Because Moses had encountered the glory of God on a personal level, it caused his human face to literally radiate glory! This is what Paul is alluding to when he says we are being transformed into God’s image. We must allow our lives to radiate the glory of God. What that looks like practically, I’m not entirely sure. But smiling is a good start. So is loving people. And not gossiping. And not taking part in the darkness. We all know what it looks like to be the “Light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). The truth is however, many of us find it hard to believe the claims that the Bible makes about us. The enemy is constantly reminding us of our sins and failures, which gives us a mental hindrance keeping us from pursuing Christlikeness. We begin to feel unworthy and unable to point people to Jesus. But this is a lie. Few negative words often scream louder than many positive ones. We need to understand how powerful the Cross actually was. The Eternal sacrifice of Jesus was a worthy sacrifice and it covered all of our shortcomings as long as we put our trust in Him. Once we begin the process of following Jesus, the words of life must scream louder than the words of death. God wants you to look like him. I’m not saying he wants you to be him. But he wants your life, character, and deeds to be modeled after the perfect life of Jesus.
You see, you actually are a beautiful masterpiece that God created. Jesus is called the Author of Life. He is the world’s greatest story teller and he wants you’re life to be a part of His-story! We must get to a point of maturity where we allow God to melt our frozenness away, no matter how hot it gets. We all have selfish desires that we want control of, but we must remember that our plans fail miserably compared to the plans of God (See Proverbs 19:21). Jesus has your best interest in mind. Always. (See Romans 8:28) He has the perfect heart of a Father and He wants your life to be the beautiful artwork He had in mind. Let the Lord sculpt you. Ask Holy Spirit what he is growing in you and teaching you. Ask God how you can live like Jesus more practically in every-day life. Study the Gospels and see how Jesus interacted with every person. We can do this family, let’s actually look like the Body of Christ! There is no greater joy than playing a part in connecting people to Jesus, so let’s begin to walk in the promise that God prepared for us! Many of us live stagnant lives waiting to get into Heaven. What we all must realize however, is that eternity starts now.
As Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)