We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18 CSB
The year 2020 is right around the corner and many people are reflecting on last years events in order to make a change. I have a list of questions that my family has used over the last several years that has been beneficial. I will include it in a future blog. Today, I wanted to pinpoint the nucleus for all change as it relates to being a follower of Jesus. I literally mean all change, whether it is for finances, health, stuck in a bad behavior, relationship turmoil, or a change in job or location. For the follower of Jesus these changes start from the backdrop of being changed into Jesus image.
Let’s break down our verse to see how it applies to every single area of our lives.
“With unveiled faces” – Paul has been writing about Moses personal interaction with God. While Moses spent time in God’s presence, his countenance would change – his face glowed with God’s glory. As he left God’s presence, the glow from the glory would begin to slowly fade away. Moses decided to put a veil over his face so that others would not notice the change and to keep the glow as long as possible. (Many Christians today use good works, good words, and religious activity to “veil” lack of intimacy with Jesus).
However, Paul says NOW believers in Jesus have a different status. Our salvation from Jesus has removed the blockage of sin and the glorious Holy Spirit abides continually within us. Our faces are unveiled. They are open and uncovered in which the veil has been removed. God’s glory remains upon us and does not fade. Wow!
When people look at a follower of Jesus, they are capturing a glimpse of the glory of God. You have become a peculiar people, a holy people, a changed person. Not because of any initiated work of your own. It comes from spending time with Jesus. The light of the world, Jesus, is shining to all through you.
We will pick up on this verse tomorrow as we anticipate the motivation for all changes that are good and holy in our lives. Today, think about the reflection that others are seeing in your face.
Are your eyes full of the light and glory of Jesus? A smile looks good on you with the joy of the Spirit. Peace from God is great for the wrinkled brow of worry. A loving heart overlooks a ton of offenses. Grace rests well upon the burdened shoulders of unforgiveness from past mistakes. God’s glory radiates into every sphere of your being.
You have an open and unveiled face of God’s glory – let it shine forth.
Blessings Love y’all