August 4, 2019

What I read today:

2 Corinthians 3; Mark 9; Isaiah 35; Job 37; Judges 11; Genesis 35

My first official act, when I enlisted in the Air Force was standing in a room filled with other recruits at the MEPS station in Chicago and taking the Oath of Enlistment.  At that moment I was officially a member of the US Air Force.  But I wasn’t really an Airman yet.  That would come eight weeks later.  I had some training to do first.

I remember my first day of basic training.  The drill instructors were yelling and reprimanding us constantly.  It seemed that no matter what we did we would never figure out how to do things correctly. But as time went on we all caught on.  Soon the instructors were adding more details to our daily routine.  We moved on from our green fatigue uniforms to our dress blue uniforms.  Our classroom instruction advanced from saluting to understanding the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  We went from marching only in straight lines to being able to change directions and turn around while moving without moving a step out of rank.  In fact the better we got the more the instructors piled on in training.  By the end of our training, we had been transformed from undisciplined kids to a unit that functioned as one.  We had become transformed into Airman.

Paul talks about our Christian lives in much the same way in 2 Corinthians 3.  He talks about those who can’t see Christ in the Old Testament.  Paul describes them as wearing a veil.  But when someone discovers Christ in the Gospel the veil is lifted.  At that point, they become children of God.

But that’s only the beginning.  Paul speaks of the Christian life as one in which we are in a state of transformation.  We see a reflection in the mirror and that reflection is constantly changing.  As we grow through reading the word and worshiping our savior, we become more like Jesus.  This process is never complete on this earth.  However, one day we will stand before Jesus in our heavenly bodies staring into the welcoming arms of Jesus.  Until that day we must dedicate ourselves to becoming more like Jesus.

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