Hello, friends! My name is Ryan Christoffel, and this blog is not about me. I’ll be the one writing, but my hope and prayer is that through publicizing my experiences as a desperately weak sinner, the Lord’s greatness will shine forth in unmistakable ways. My purpose is to share the many ways He’s captivated me as a demonstration of His glory.
The blog’s title comes from 2 Corinthians 3:18, which says, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” This short verse makes known to us the process of sanctification in the Christian life. The simple message is this: as we behold Christ’s glory, we are transformed into His likeness. This “beholding” is not a mere glance or quick look, but a steadfast, loving gaze that longs for more of Him. It is the look of one whom Christ has taken hold of, whose longing for former things begins to fade. As we adore and admire Him, devoting ourselves fully to Him, He does a most loving thing for us: He breaks and restores us. He carefully and gently prunes the evil from within us, and replaces it with goodness and purity; He replaces us with Himself. He must increase, and we must decrease.
This blog chronicles my journey as one of many Christ-followers in whom these things are happening. The Lord has significant pruning to do in me, as He will my whole life long, but hopefully as I share the joys, challenges, victories, and struggles with you, they will serve to encourage you in the faith and glorify our God, by whose love even the greatest of sinners can be made a Kingdom child.
Grace and peace,