Editor’s note: Will your women’s ministry group be hosting an Advent luncheon or tea this holiday season? Or, are you planning for a women’s winter retreat? Consider using materials from Woman of God®: Living Loved as part of your event. Instead of hiring an outside speaker, use this devotion or the FREE Ministry Message to inspire the women in your group. Then, send each woman home with a memorable gift: a devotion book, a coffee mug, or a notepad and pen gift set

If you Google “transformation,” you’ll get too many results to count. Many of these feature a successful dieter’s before-and-after pictures. Some show the benefits of tattoo removal or permanent makeup procedures. Any room in your home can be transformed, too. Just call a professional interior decorator. Transformation is pretty popular!

The world’s idea of transformation is very different from the transformation the Bible describes. Our world concentrates on changing us on the outside—the part of us that others see. Our Lord, though, is interested in transforming what’s on the inside—our hearts.

Just how does this transformation happen?

All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT).

After Moses received the Ten Commandments from the Lord on Mount Sinai, his face shone with the brilliance that came from being in the presence of the holy God. In time, this brilliance gradually faded.

Today, when Christians contemplate the Lord’s glory—particularly the glory of his love, revealed in Jesus our Savior—something different happens. The glory of the Lord does not fade away. Instead, the glory of Christ’s love for us transforms us more and more into the image of Christ.

That’s a lot to think about! How do we experience the Lord’s glory? When do we stand in the Lord’s presence? Whenever we read or hear God’s Word, especially the Gospel message of our Savior’s forgiveness and his everlasting love for us.

In those moments, the Holy Spirit works through his Word to change us—really and truly transform us from the inside out! God promises:

I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT).

That’s powerful transformation! The more we realize God’s love for us in Christ, the more our stubborn, selfish hearts soften. Then, as our hearts change, our outward lives change, too. We begin to live more and more for others. We reflect Christ’s grace toward us as we share his grace and love with those around us.

Prayer starter: Lord, as I read your Word, remind me I am in your presence. Transform me . . .

 

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