“And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Thomas Merton said, “we are not converted once in our lives but many times, and this endless series of large and small conversions leads to our transformation into Christ”. Of course becoming a Christian is the first and most significant transformation but it does not end there. As we grow spiritually we undergo other transformations as learn to be more like Christ.
This is not a self-improvement program where we try to be more loving, more patient, more forgiving and when we fail we try harder. Nor is it necessarily praying more or reading the Bible more. Rather it is Jesus who does the changing in me. The more we open our lives up to Him the more able He is to do just that.
If we try to reach this goal by human effort we will find our experience to be that of Romans 7;18 “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out”. But Paul goes on in v.25 to thank God that He has rescued us from this experience. We too can thank God that He is the One who does the changing in me.