“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known,” 1 Corinthians 13:12.
From time to time I find myself questioning the calling that has been placed upon my life.
This is not to say that it is not true, nor that it hasn’t come from the Father above — it has. But there are times when I don’t feel worthy of the mantle that has been placed upon me.
My human frame and its weakness can cause me to dwell at times, upon my own humanity, rather than upon those divine attributes and the spiritual image that God has and continues, to form in me, and upon me.
You see, we are now all new creatures in Christ. While the old has been done away with, we still live in this earthly tent. And this earthly tent ever calls us back to the earth and its boundaries.
It pulls at us, but thanks be to God, that the stakes that have secured this tent to the earth, are forever being loosened.
This new creation which we are now in Christ has to be realized every day. When we get up every morning and look in the mirror at our image, we need to remind ourselves that the image that we see isn’t what He is forming in us.
We need to see this image through the eyes of the Father, and not through our own eyes. The visage that is the true image is not truly seen in the natural, but only spiritual eyes.
We now see through a mirror dimly, and then face-to-face, but even now, the clarity of that image should be unfolding daily.
As Paul has said,
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me,” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
This is true simply because the new image, the new creation, cannot be realized, until we relinquish our own strength, and our own abilities. When we realize our own weakness and depend upon His power and wisdom, then divine attributes are being formed.
Then our walk in Him develops steps that are being imbued with spiritual qualities.
Elijah threw his mantle upon the shoulders of Elisha, and told him not to go back and bury the dead. He told him essentially, not to look back upon his former life, but to walk forward in what God was forming in him.
And then when the prophet was taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire, Elisha’s calling became ultimately known. As we know he persisted in following after his mentor, and in time, he received a double portion of what had been on the mantle of Elijah.
None of us are worthy of what the Father has given to us through His Spirit. The closer we are to Him, the more we begin to realize the frailty of our own frame, and the sinfulness of our nature.
It wasn’t until the mantle was thrown upon the shoulders of Elisha that he began to realize that the cloth that now rested upon his shoulders was not of an earthly cloth. The warp and waft of the fibers had divine attributes in them.
Even though your life may have small beginnings being formed in it, realize that the potential that God sees in you is the image that ultimately will be seen and formed in you.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?