By Brooke Holt
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” - 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
If there is anything that we have learned throughout this Covid pandemic, it is that technology is a true gift when you can’t be face to face for worship, meetings, and family gatherings. However, deep within us, we know that Zoom can never truly take the place of being in the presence of people.
Paul was stirring up that longing for intimacy and presence within the Corinthian believers. But this stirring was not the longing to see people face to face, but the longing to see the Lord face to face. He uses the analogy of the mirror and the imperfect or dim reflection that is seen. That reflection can be helpful, but it is not complete. There is more to you than what the mirror reflects. You have thoughts, feelings, and organs beneath the skin that simply aren’t apparent through the mirror.
God has revealed himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and throughout the pages of Scripture. We see God to a certain extent; we understand and know him to a certain extent, yet there is much more to the character and person of God that will be revealed. The hope of every Christian is that we will see the Lord in the fullness of his glory.
As we wait upon that day, we are like children in the maturation process. We enjoy the Lord’s presence and revelation as we grow daily through reading his Word, praying, worshipping, and living in fellowship with his people. The more we behold him, the more we become like him (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Thankfully, the day is just ahead when we will see and know him fully. What a day that will be!
For now, may God continue to grow us in faith and hope but most especially in love.
What do you feel when you think about seeing the Lord face to face, knowing him fully just as he has fully known you? That stirring within you is your Spirit longing for the culmination of his kingdom. Come, Lord Jesus, come! We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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