Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 27th, 2019
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.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
When Andrew Harper, 95, was looking to bestow a charitable donation, he wanted to make his late wife, Carole, proud, and to address Montreal’s escalating poverty rates. In May, he chose Chez Doris, a local day shelter that provides vital services—meals, clothing, showers and various educational, legal and health programs—for women in vulnerable situations. Harper’s unexpected gift of $1 million is not only the largest in the non-profit’s 41-year history; it’s a game changer. A donation this size is rare and it has transformed the charity.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, no one could look on God and live. His holy presence was so overwhelming that were a sinner to gaze on God, the glory would destroy not only the sin but the sinner. It is a sobering thought. God was hidden behind a veil, separated from His creation. When Jesus died, the New Testament tells us, the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom. It was a powerful moment when God’s holy justice was met by His all-consuming love and now those who trust Christ can enter boldly into God’s presence. Paul deals with this in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “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.” What an amazing privilege to stand before our holy God, gazing upon His glory. It can only happen because Jesus’ righteousness is now ours, and when God looks on us, He sees Jesus presence in us. And as we spend time in the presence of Almighty God, we become more and more the person He longs for us to be.
These have been words from the heart.