James Cagle

James Cagle

The Bible says “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,” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

“The only thing constant in the Christian life is change.” Someone said “When you’re through changing, you’re through.”

It has been said that we make our choices and our choices make us.

Some people resist change. They never make the choice to change anything they do. They’re content with their circumstances and their lot in life and plan on keeping things just as they are. They’re happy living in the proverbial rut.

A rut is nothing more than a grave with both ends kicked out. Those that live in a rut are pretty much dead to everything except their own little world. They’re locked in to life-long mental, emotional and physical habits. Whether they realize it or not, they’ve become stagnant, passive and complacent. They’ve ceased growing, maturing and developing. Nothing inspires them nor do they ever aspire to accomplish any great thing.

Such is the case for many who do not know Jesus Christ. But sadly such is the case as well for many that claim to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

These individuals resist change in the church at every turn. (I’m against change whenever I see that the change is toward being more like the world). They would even resist revival because it would bring in a much-needed change, a change back to biblical Christianity.

But the Christian that’s following Christ will experience change throughout their life.

The above text tells us how change is made in the Christian’s life. And this change should be seen in all Christians (“But we all”).

This change is begun as we with “open face” or unveiled face as Moses had behold by looking into God’s Word (KJV) the glory of our risen, ascended, exalted Lord Jesus Christ.

This glory we cannot see though if our face is veiled because there is ought between our soul and the Savior. To see His glory we must confess and forsake all sin. We must “drop the veils of sin, of make believe, all play-acting, all putting up of unreal fronts, all attempts at compromises, all halfway measures.” We must be honest and sincere.

As the Christian is occupied with beholding Christ’s glory he is changed, transformed into the same glory, which is unto holiness.

This change is what is called progressive sanctification. It’s not an instant change but a change by degree, by measure, by faith.

This change is wrought by the power of the Spirit. As we gaze long upon our Savior, contemplate His life, and wonder at His glory the Holy Spirit works to transform us into His likeness.

This is what meditation or concentrating on Jesus does. Concentration is that God-given ability to focus on Christ Who has the power by His Spirit to mold us into the image He reveals of Himself.

This change requires the cooperation and participation of the Christian.

They must first choose to read the Word of God (KJV) to see Jesus. Choose to repent of any sin that keeps them from seeing Jesus. Choose to make the objective Word, subjective by applying it personally. Choose to yield to the teaching and leading of the Spirit.

James H. Cagle lives in Ray City, Ga., and is a former Hamilton County resident.

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