“We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord." 2 Cor 3:18“Everything at IKEA requires assembly. I bought a pillow; they gave me a duck.” –Todd Glass

When I became a Christian at age 30, I truly had a ‘scales falling off the eyes’ experience. I did not know God as Creator and was instantly awe-struck in seeing the world. What I once viewed as a cosmic accident suddenly came to life through new eyes. And though it was a day I will never forget, not everything about me was transformed that day. In many ways, I still looked like a duck. Certain things take more time. There was still “some assembly required.”

Many people have the misguided notion that becoming a Christian means that God instantly transforms us. That we instantly embody all of the compassion, self-control, and sacrifice as our Lord Jesus. Then, when we fail (and we will), the world uses us as an excuse for dismissing Christianity as a hoax. But there is a difference between becoming a citizen of God’s glorious Kingdom and to cooperate daily with His Holy Spirit to live it out.

Therefore, my beloved … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

It is God Who chose for us to remain in our sinful flesh in a sinful world, at least for a short time, to be His agents in a fallen world. And who are we to question His wisdom? I, for one, am thankful for all of the people throughout history who struggled yet God used them anyway. People like Abraham, Moses, and Esther, to name just a few. When God chooses to use someone “with some assembly required,” the world takes notice. That is when we are positioned to introduce them to our Maker. And praise God that He does not see us as a duck, or with still some assembly required. Rather, He sees us as a perfect reflection of His Son, both inside and out.

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“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

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