Among the believers, many want to reach perfection as soon as they have accepted Jesus. But, most of the time, it is due to lack of knowledge of the Word that says: “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.” My brother, my sister, the glory that the Holy Spirit imparts to the Believer is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses experienced. You see, with Moses, it was instantly seen on him, as he was also changed physically. Now, we, by gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds (and this is the key word: unveiled minds), we can be transformed more than Moses once was.
The Good News reveals to us the truth about Christ and this truth is what transforms us morally, mentally, spiritually and sometimes physically as we understand and apply it. Yes, as we learn aout Christ’ life, we can understand how wonderful God is and what He is really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us change. That is the reason why believers need to understand that, above prayers and spiritual counseling, they need the Word of God. Becoming Christlike is a progressive progress, “until Christ is formed in us” (Galatians 4:19) because “our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20-21).
Yes, it takes time for our earthly ways or our earthly citizenship to disappear. For illustration, I have a French aunt who settled in Africa more than 40 years ago, today she is more African than European in her manners, and no longer bears to stay long in Europe every time she visits her family, but to date, although she understands the African language perfectly, she can still not speak it fluently, after all this time, while some could have been ale to speak it perfectly in one year!). Likewise, God does not expect us to change overnight… In addition, each person will evolve at their own pace, depending on their knowledge of Christ and according to what God has planned for us. Yes, most certainly, God wants to help us change through His Spirit in us. But for that to happen, we must first follow Christ more closely… while we are closer to Christ because we do what He tells us to do in the Word, the more we will be like him because we will learn of His ways, his way of speaking, his way of behaving… and this can take a lifetime, so why being impatient, my friend? Simply immerse yourself in the Word of God every day. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.