Sunday, February 26, 2006

2 Corinthians 3:7-18

Today’s reading had a phrase that really caught my attention: “For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:10)

I remembered as a young boy when I first received a $20 bill as a gift. I thought I was rich! Then in college when I was working a direct sales job, someone paid me in $100 bills and I knew that I had reached a new understanding of the value of a dollar. Now I have monthly bills that are each hundreds of dollars and at my work, we often discuss amounts in the millions of dollars. As I have worked and been responsible for my own spending and saving, my perspective on the value of a dollar has changed.

When I first read today’s verses from Corinthians, I thought it was talking about a changing perspective or a maturing of understanding that brought the “greater” glory more clearly into focus much like my understanding of the value of a dollar has changed; but as I read and thought more about the verses, I realized they were talking about a real change in substance - a replacement of glory for a greater glory. The glory of God as revealed through his law and as seen in Moses’ face is surpassed by the glory of God incarnate in Christ!

The verses talk of no longer living under the law but turning to the Lord, living in the Spirit and being transformed into the image of Christ as he works in and through us. This is more than just a change of perspective, it is a deliberate choice and a change of substance - our will for the Lords' will. My prayer for each of us is that during this Lenten season when we focus on the realization of the greater glory – Christ, we may find ourselves truly being transformed.

Alan Davenport

1 comment:

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church said...

That is a good one Alan. Good positioning for the beginning of Lent. Hope you are well. Thanks for this.
John Dickie