But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
What a wonderful and challenging thought this verse presents. Paul uses a mirror as an illustration for the believer. We all know that a mirror presents a true depiction of what is there. It reveals the reality of who we are. The mirror that Paul speaks of is the Word of God. As we peer into the mirror of God's Word, it reveals who we truly are. The Word is quick and powerful; it discerns what is within our hearts.
The more we look into the mirror of the Word, the more we are changed into His image. That too is an interesting thought. The word changed in the text comes from the Greek word metamorphoo, from which we get our word metamorphosis. The best illustration of metamorphosis is the change that takes place in the life of a caterpillar. We know that it begins life as a lowly worm, without any beauty at all. At a determined point in life the caterpillar enters a cocoon and a miraculous transformation takes place. The lowly caterpillar is transformed into a beautiful butterfly. This transformation isn't temporary. Once the caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly, it never returns to the former state of a lowly worm.
That ought to be the desire of our hearts as well. We ought to spend quality time in the mirror of God's Word so that we can be changed into the image of Christ. I know that we will never achieve perfection in this life, but we need to become more like Him each day that we live. We are not here to reflect our goodness, but to reflect His holiness. Jesus must be the focus of our existence. Our purpose in life is to glorify Him and be a reflection of His glory to this dark world. John the Baptist understood this. He said, "He must increase, but I must decrease."
Consider the thoughts of Max Lucado concerning our reflection of the Lord. “The moon models our role. What does the moon do? She generates no light. Apart from the sun, the moon is nothing more than a pitch-black, pockmarked rock. But properly positioned, the moon beams. The moon reflects the greater light. And she’s happy to do so! The moon is at peace in her place. And because she is, soft light touches a dark earth. What would happen if we accepted our place as Son reflectors?”
I pray that we will continue to be changed into the glory of our Lord so that we might reflect the Son for those who need to see. After all, It's All About Him!