Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Radiance (Part 2)
Looking Like God
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Covenant Law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
Exodus 34:29 (NIV)
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them...
Luke 2:8-9 (NKJV)
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them. His Face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Matthew 17:1-2 (NIV)
All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Acts 6:15 (NIV)
The Psalmist describes God as 'Radiant with light' (Psalm 76:4). In Revelation, John describes Jesus with 'Eyes like a flame of fire and Feet like fine brass' (Revelation 2:18). In love, God shares His Light with us: 'The Commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes' (Psalm 19:8). 'They looked to Him and were radiant' (Psalm 34:5).
When we follow Jesus, when we meet God, when we read His Word, we begin to look like Him:
'But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same Image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18). I define glory as brilliant illumination: perfect light. Because God is perfect. Because God is Light, and He gives His Light to us in many ways, including:
1) Wisdom: 'A man's wisdom makes his face shine' (Ecclesiastes 8:1). 'If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him' (James 1:5). 'Ask and it shall be given to you' (Matthew 7:7). Find wisdom in His Book, in His Spirit and among His people. Wisdom makes us radiant.
2) Righteousness: 'The light of the righteous shines brightly' (Proverbs 13:9). 'For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him' (2 Corinthians 5:21). 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow' (Isaiah 1:18). Righteousness makes us radiant.
3) Media: Media? Yes! 'Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:1-3). Media demands our radiance.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: consider this summary of your job description: Rise into your destiny. Shine on the airwaves of media, but most of all--look like Jesus.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Radiance series.