We are told to fix our full attention on the glory of the Lord found in the Bible—the bright center of this glory is found in “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4)—and in doing this, we will be changed more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Is there anything that can slow this process and temporarily bring it to a grinding halt? John Owen perfectly provides us with the answer:
“…where corrupt lusts or inordinate affections are indulged, where they are not continually mortified [put to death], where any sin has a perplexing prevalence in the mind, faith will be so far weakened thereby, as that it can neither see nor meditate upon this glory of Christ in a due manner. This is the reason why most are so weak and unstable in the performance of this duty; yea, are almost unacquainted with it. The light of faith in the minds of men being impaired, clouded, darkened, by the prevalence of unmortified lusts, it cannot make such discoveries of this glory as otherwise it would do. And this makes the preaching of Christ to many so unprofitable as it is” (John Owen, The Glory of Christ, 209).