“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in every increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP

Many of us have heard the statement of moving from glory to glory, but what happens in between one glory and the next? That is when the transition period takes place, right? The truth is, we are always growing; God is constantly changing us and renewing our minds to be more like Him. The way I see it, moving from one degree of glory to another is synonymous with moving from one milestone, one breakthrough, to the next. Although the glory is great and the next degree of glory is even greater, the time between the two can definitely seem to be taxing and difficult. I struggled greatly with finding the beauty of the time in between; however, it truly does call for a time to be thankful and even joyous.

I spent many of the first initial months of my new-found, Christian life wondering when I was going to be able to go out and do all of the things that God had shown me I would do. I knew I was called to preach, and I knew that God had given me power to do many great things in order to bring glory to Him and to be Jesus’ witness to the entire world; however, I was the epitome of the word impatient. I wanted everything that instant, not realizing that there was still some preparation I needed to do beforehand. A great man and wonderful pastor I know once stated, “Jesus spent thirty years of His life in preparation just to have three and a half years of ministry.” I didn’t realize that I had to grow my roots deeper in God’s love, grow my faith in Him, grow my knowledge of scriptures, and move from one degree of glory to another as God renewed my heart and my mind. The thing is, even though we can all be saved the instant we accept Christ’s sacrifice for us, we are never done growing. It is a continual process. Even though I got saved in one night, I was nowhere near ready to preach to a massive crowd of people the next. That would require growth and preparation.

I finally became a little more patient and came to the realization that God wanted me to focus on today, not tomorrow, and that He would get me where I needed to go. I didn’t need to worry or be anxious about it. I needed to grow now, so I could minister as much and as big as I desired when the time was right. In between my milestones—my glories—I felt like I was getting nowhere. For a while, I had convinced myself that I was failing at whatever God was trying to get me to do. Of course, that wasn’t true. Even the greatest runners grow weary from time to time, but that doesn’t mean they stop running the race or stop training—they keep pushing through until they reach their goal, then they set a higher goal and train more and more until they reach that one. Training, preparing, whatever you would like to call it, can be excruciating and pushes you farther than you ever thought you could go; however, it is necessary if you want to be great at anything.

It is also important to note that God has given you today for a reason. Opportunities to minister are around every corner. Even though you may not be the pastor, the evangelist, or whatever else God has called you to be yet doesn’t mean that you still can’t talk to anyone about all of the good things that God has done for you. In this time in between one glory and the next, you are still useful; and God still has a purpose for you. Your purpose for this day may be to share the love of God with the waitress or the cashier you encountered while eating or shopping. It could also be to encourage another believer in their walk with Christ or to share your testimony with someone who needs to hear it. There are a great many things that God could use you to do now even while you are in that preparation process between one glory and the next.

Here is another truth: God didn’t give us a new life for us to fail or to be mediocre; God has a desire for us all to be great and to prosper. If we are going to be great just as our God desires, we have to prepare. We have to build our endurance and push ourselves farther than we ever thought we could go. Where our human abilities fail us, our God never will. What moves us from glory to glory is that training that we do in between. Preparation truly is a beautiful thing when you take a moment to reflect on how much God has brought you through and how much more He is giving you. I challenge you to be thankful for that beautiful time in between the degrees of glory God will bring you to as He continues to mold you into His image, for the training you do now will only bring you higher and make you better. When God is with you, you cannot fail.

Published by Amber Oglesby