Spiritual maturity is known by the degree in which Christ is seen in and through our character and behavior. The abundant life we have in the Lord is increasing as we turn to the Lord and behold His glory.
As our character is being transformed into His, we bear fruit in increased measure. The growth pertains to our divine identity, who we are—not what we do; what we do flows out of who we are. Our spiritual potential has to be at the center of all our pursuits. As we spend time with the Lord reading the Word and worshiping, we seek and find Him. We gaze upon Him and get to know who He is. We do not see the Lord as we are, but as He is, with our hearts filled with love and faith. Nothing can separate us from His love.
When we turn to the Lord, we turn away from our ways and surrender humbly to His ways and His will. Veils that separated us from seeing Him as He is are removed. The Holy Spirit reveals, heals and leads us to behold, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. Because the veil has been lifted from our eyes, we can look unto the Lord and in doing so, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 3:18 “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.”
We receive the love of God in our hearts as we move from fear to faith because faith works by love. We expect the best outcome because we know the unconditional love of God. Tribulations we experience produce patience and character. They also increase our faith in God. The love of God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit strengthens our trust in God.
If we have ever felt disappointed, hoped for a relationship to be reconciled, someone we loved to be saved, or a need to be met but nothing changed; it not only diminished our hope at that time, it hindered our expectations for today. Instead of trusting all the way and hoping for the best, we find ourselves having a reservation and holding back our excitement because of fear that what we hope for might not come to pass. When we feel that way, we must pray for the Lord to reveal His love for us and receive His embrace anew. As we receive and believe the love of God, we walk in great expectation.
Even though some things might not happen the way we expect, we can trust the outcome to be better than anything we anticipated. We trust our God with our tomorrows, and surely can see His grace in our yesterdays. His love never fails. We can expect the unexpected, from glory to glory!
Romans 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”