I rely on my husband and really close friends to do a face check for me. I want to know that I don’t have any unsightly boogers or broccoli –you know?
Only a really close friend will say, Um, you have a little something right there.
I want my face to be beautiful.
Paul tells us that Moses used to spend time with God, and then he would have to “…put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.” But for those of us living under the new covenant of Christ, Paul says we “…with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory…” (2 Corinthians 3:13,18 NIV)
Reading this makes me so badly want to ask some close friends to check out my face.
Um, can you please look and see if my face is reflecting the Lord’s glory?
Moses’ face literally was radiant and required an actual veil. Does Paul mean we will have a literal radiance coming from our faces as we walk with Christ?
I don’t think Paul is speaking of a literal glow about us, but without a doubt there is something that is on our faces when we know Jesus. The Spirit residing within us shows up in the eyes and the way the mouth is held. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” (Galatian 5:22-23 NIV) It’s easy to picture what those qualities look like on the human face.
We put effort and money into our faces, with creams and makeup and eyelash curlers. We pluck eyebrows, cover zits, whiten teeth, and pull rogue hairs coming from the chin (not that I know about this.) I Googled “radiance”. Do you know how many makeup companies claim to have bottled that look?
Please tell me you haven’t tried to buy radiance that is applied with a sponge.
A beautiful face comes from living with Jesus.