September 7, 2017

Shine Like Moses

Recommended Reading: Exodus 34:29-35

Exodus 34:29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.

Here is what I pondered this week, after reading again in Exodus 34 about Moses’s face shining after spending time with God on Mt. Sinai when the Israelites were in the wilderness. Moses was so close to God his face literally shone. When he returned down the mountain to be with the people, he would wear a veil over his shining face because they were afraid to come near him that way.

Then I remembered Jesus saying He is the Light of the World.  Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  John 8:12

Jesus also tells us, His followers, that we are to be a light in this world. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

We want Jesus to shine through us. How does that light shine?

In part it is His Spirit that indwells us from the moment we choose to follow Jesus.

But also in part, it is relevant to whether or not we are spending time with God. 

This is how we turn up the light that He has put in us.

I suspect our light will shine brighter if we are spending serious time with Him, drawing near and dwelling in His presence on a regular basis. The effect will be His light shining through us.

You cannot get close to the Lord without God-sized results. That result is a face that shines His Glory in us and through us to the world around us. Will those around us know we have been spending time with Him?

If we want our faces to shine like Moses, it starts with drawing near.

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

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