The Spirit’s great goal

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

January/February 2016 Issue –  Alive‘… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ’  Ephesians 2:4-5

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

2 Corinthians 3:7-18  (NIVUK): “Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Selwyn writes a good conclusion to this issue, of being ‘alive‘ with Christ.

He writes: “The goal and ultimate aim of spiritual maturity is to reflect the beauty and character of Jesus. … The Holy Spirit’s whole energy is directed towards making us more like Jesus every day, and that our goal should be the same as His. … God not only gives us an extremely high goal too aspire to, He also provides the power by which we can attain it.

When we keep our eyes on Jesus and aim to become more like Him. the Spirit, who delights to glorify Jesus, helps us achieve what we desire.”

I think one of the biggest dangers a Christian faces is to become comfortable with their current life-style; in that they settle into a routine of serving God in the same way, day after day. To follow Jesus is an active process where we are constantly moving towards the goal of being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. The process of being transformed implies change – we should be able to look back over the past year – and be able to see the progress we have made with the Holy Spirit’s help.

Take a moment to examine your life, are you getting closer to Jesus as you follow Him each day?