There are some families that have really strong genes. You can tell who is in that family because they appear to be so similar. But I wonder if you have ever noticed couples or friends that become more and more like each other in appearance. I know my husband and I have been known to turn up to church only to realise we are wearing the same colours … as if we coordinated our outfits! The increased time that couples spend together the more similar they become. It might be that they begin to sound the same and come out with the phrases
People are influenced by many things, but I think love can be the most transforming. The change that comes about as a result of love often happens without the person being aware, without striving to please and with a smile on their face.
Moses’ physical appearance was transformed by spending time with GOD. He was changed so much that his face became radiant … just like GOD’s
Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved. Psalm 80:7
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Matthew 17:1-3
The incredible thing was that this radiance continued after Moses left the tent of meeting. Moses had a radiance that lasted.
This got me thinking … am I radiant after being with GOD? The truth is, the potential to be radiant is there, but do I walk out of GOD’s presence? As new covenant people we are carriers, temples and image bearers. Radiance should be a characteristic.
Others should be able to see the radiance of GOD in our lives, in our words but also on our faces. When was the last time you offered a smile or a bit of joy to someone in the street? We are the most blessed people on the planet, yet I wonder if we radiate that to the atmospheres around us. Just thinking about all that Jesus has done for me as I write this blog makes me smile.
This radiance isn’t just about showing you are happy. This radiance is a reflection of who GOD is and what He has transformed in us. When we are in His presence, the old stuff falls away. It is a place of putting down, offering up or throwing out the stuff that shouldn’t be clogging up our temple. So often, we get so crowded on the inside that the space we have for GOD becomes smaller. It could be like the old silver that over time becomes a bit dull and tarnished. I don’t want this to be characteristic of my life. I want the radiance of GOD to be what I see and what others see.
How do we have faces that are radiant? We could just follow Moses’ example … we could just be with GOD for a while. Not trying to impress Him with our words or actions. Not polishing and working hard to make our silver shine. But just sitting with Him, listening to what He says, being obedient to what He asks, taking His advice and enjoying our time with Him.
He is calling you to enter the Lord’s presence and become radiant.
P.S This is me … shame the gold paint doesn’t glisten like it does on my page!