"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18
Paul is telling us that God's Word is like a mirror. According to this verse, as we look in this mirror, we see the glory of the Lord. In other words, we see the image of Christ in this mirror. If we continue to look in this mirror, then we will be changed into that same image.
I'm sure that you looked in the mirror this morning and you saw an image. The image you saw was of yourself. That image may not have been what you wanted others to see, so you changed your image. In other words, you did what you felt was needed to be done in order to transform that image in the mirror into the one you wanted to see.
Years ago, Carolyn and I had a friend who was just a precious girl, but she was very homely in appearance. She thought if she had some cosmetic surgery it would help improve her looks. . . which wasn't a bad idea.
She met this young man at church and she just fell in love with him. When she saw him, she was like a little kid. She went nuts over this guy. She said, "Brother Jerry, I want you to agree with me that I'm going to marry that man."
The next thing we knew, she had surgery on her nose and her chin. She started wearing make-up and changed her image. I mean, her appearance changed drastically and she married that guy.
Changing her image caused her to get what she wanted. I'm not suggesting that everyone sign up for plastic surgery, but when you look in the Word of God, the image you have of yourself will change. The more you look into the Word, the more the image changes. Suddenly, you will not see yourself the way you used to see yourself. You will no longer see yourself the way others see you. You're going to see yourself the way God sees you.