Exodus 34:29 “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.”
There have been people in my life who stood out; some for their business acumen, others for their charisma, and still others for some unique characteristic that was notable.
Since I have been saved, I have noticed those who walk closely with God daily.
First, there is an ‘oneness’ felt between us. That, I believe, is the Holy Spirit. Being indwelt by the Spirit of God connects us. It links us together.
I have had lost folk who have said something like, “I don’t know what it is, but you seem to have a calm about you. You are happy and optimistic.”
If you walk with God closely, people will notice.
The Israelites could not look at Moses when he came down from the mount. His face shone so brightly, they could not look upon him directly.
The power and presence of God should affect us to the place where people notice.
If people do not know you are a Christian, why is that? Is our speech filled with praise for who we serve? Are we the peacemakers, the tellers of truth, the stoppers of gossip, and the lover of all that is right and good?
Do our neighbors see us dress the part as we leave for church and wonder how that lines up with the screaming and yelling they hear during the week? Are we quick to help a struggling soul, or do we drive on by?
Our speech and our actions will give away who we are by how we live. But a child of God who walks with Him shines.
They have a song in their heart.
They have a smile most days.
They are encouragers.
They are lifters of the downtrodden.
They are generous to the poor.
Their life shines to the place where we can, like those in Antioch, be called ‘Christians’ because of how we live, not some self-proclamation.
Proverbs 27:2 “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”
Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
If someone were to observe our life, would they say the same?
The “shine” is just a byproduct of the walk.
The walk takes work.
The walk takes diligence.
A good and right walk has a teachable spirit.
A close walk is clothed in humility.
If we desire to shine for the Lord Jesus Christ, He must be allowed to live through us, not be seen as us working for Him.
Today, in humble submission, may we yield to the Holy Spirit of God and allow Him to let Jesus be formed in us.
Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”