Becoming What We Worship
We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory… by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
“When my two daughters, Hannah and Nancy, were about two or three years old, I noticed how they imitated and reflected my wife and me,” wrote Professor G. K. Beale. When they played house, they used the same activities and attitudes they saw in their parents. “God has made humans to reflect Him,” wrote Beale, “but if they do not commit themselves to him, they will not reflect him but something else in creation…. What people revere, they resemble.”1
Some people create a god to fit their lifestyle, but this is simply modern-day idolatry. If money is our god, we’ll become materialistic. If it’s pleasure, we’ll become hedonistic. If it’s ego, we’ll be narcissistic. Psalm 135:18 says those who make idols will become like them.
But if we worship the God of the Bible, we’ll imitate Him and by the power of the Spirit be transformed into His image, from one degree of glory to another.
We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. A. W. Tozer, in The Knowledge of the Holy
- G. K. Beale, We Become What We Worship (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2008), 15-16.
When I Look Into Your Holiness