Here is the last part of the chapter I added to my book in progress:
We are made in the image of a God who desires. Therefore, we have the capacity to desire what He desires. Listen to Jesus’ words to His Father the night before He was going to be crucified. John 17:24 says, “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
Luke 22:13 says that the Passover was prepared. Verse 15 says, “Then He said to them, With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
These two verses really touch my heart. Both were spoken before He died on the cross for us. He still desires that we behold His glory, and that we remember Him in His death through communion. He was speaking future and present.
What happens when we behold His glory? 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that as we behold His glory we are being transformed into the same image. Metamorphosis is that inner change that is all accomplished by God alone. We do the beholding. He changes our fleshly desires to desires that please Him.
Here is a lesson for us. Always, satan seeks to derail us from that true desire. He gets us so focused on our emotional pain and lack of fulfillment, that we lose sight of God’s desire.