God’s glory is displayed through transformation. This is quite plain to understand as it relates to spiritual things. For 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us, “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.” There is nothing more exciting that to see a person have a dramatic change in their lives, with “the (only) thing that happened in between” being Him, as beautifully depicted in The Chosen series.
This transformation causes believers to pass from (eternal) death to (eternal) life. Earlier in 2 Corinthians 3 we read that “the letter (of the Law) kills, but the Spirit gives life.” This is not simply a matter of “cleaning up our act,” or a self-help regiment if you will. No! It is a complete transformation. We need a new heart and a new spirit. We are new creatures in Christ, able to become all God created us to be.
God never intended us to separate our spiritual lives from our natural lives to the extent that we fail to apply biblical truths in our everyday lives and work. One might consider engineering to simply be an application of scientific principles and thus outside the scope of spiritual work and principles. Lest we forget that this world is His creation, we must remind ourselves that God can (and does) direct us, oftentimes by His Word, in any line of work. Recently, through a technical project, God directed Doug to transform an existing antenna system into one that works in alignment with its original design and goals. The solution to the antenna’s issue was identified through technical experimentation and study and then directionally reinforced while reading in 2 Corinthians one morning. Studying the transformation of our life in Christ prompted Doug to look at using a transformer to transform the existing antenna to better match the AM / Shortwave input of the RF chip in the radio and capture more RF signal. Additionally, insights were made while reading Hebrews 12:1 which talks about removing the things that weigh us down. This reminder from the spiritual world helped Doug to complete the project in the physical world. The project required the removal of unnecessary, noisy components that were corrupting the signal. To complete the transformation required removing components that amplified noise.
What a great lesson for spiritual life! We must remove what amplifies the noise (our sin) and allow ourselves to be transformed by the Holy Spirit who transfers His power to us, so we can then be used to communicate God’s Word to others!