54. Glow for God (2)

We can glow just like Moses' face did after he had spoken with God. We can glow even more, because of the work of the Holy Spirit within us and due to the fact that we are part of Jesus' Body.

Jesus glowed while He was on earth. Everyone that was not threatened by Him, loved Him and experienced God's love and peace just by being in His presence. And when He was transfigured on the mountain His appearance changed to what He was really like:

'As the men watched, Jesus' appearance changed so that His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became dazzling white.' Matthew 17:2

Paul also writes in 2 Corinthians 4:6 that Jesus' face shone:

'For God who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.'

And therefore we need to shine too, we are part of His Body. We need to reflect His glory for the world to see, due to His light and power shining within us:

'This precious treasure - this light and power that now shine within us - is held within perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.' 2 Corinthians 4:7

We have the power and the light within us and we need to show it to everyone. But why don't we glow and shine like we are supposed to? We seldom find a Christian on fire, glowing with God's love and radiance. Why? I think the answer lies back in Exodus 34:12-14

'Be careful never to make treaties with the people in the land where you are going. If you do, you soon will be following their evil ways. Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash the sacred pillars they worship, and cut down their carved images. You must worship no other gods, but only the Lord, for He is a God who is passionate about His relationship with you.'

This was the first thing God told Moses when He renewed the covenant with them. Why is it the first thing? Because God knows how quickly our hearts can turn away from Him. He knows that our hearts are intrinsically evil and will turn away from Him the moment it gets a chance. Today we might not have pagan altars standing around for all to see, but we can so easily compromise with this world and with the 'gods' of this world - money, fame, recognition, selfish time consuming interests etc. We can so easily shift God out of the way to promote our own selfish motives. We tend to rationalize away sins that we have in our lives, because we don't want to leave it and frankly rather enjoy it. We tend to buy modern day carved images like Buddha statues (I see them being sold everywhere these days), because we think it looks nice and peaceful. We tend to watch whatever we want on television and we excuse it because we just need to relax once in a while. We tend to rush around in a frenzy and when we need to spend time with God we are too tired. We tend to leave our Bibles at home when we go on holiday, because we just want to let go and be ourselves just for a little while. We tend to excuse other people's sins and try to soothe them that it is okay to do it, because we don't want to offend them. We tend to join others in doing wrong, because we feel left out if we don't. We tend to walk all over other people in the name of 'ambition'. We tend to exercise 10 hours a week, but we don't have 5 minutes to spend with God.

I can go on and on, but I think you get the point. We don't display God's glory, because we shift God's Spirit out of the way to make room for the world and its standards to enter. And when we do that, we can't expect God's glory to shine through us. His glory can only shine through us, if we make time for Him and make space for Him to occupy our lives. We cannot allow the world and its standards to enter into our lives. We need to focus on God and on His truth, and ask His forgiveness if we do notice the world creeping back in.

We have the ability to shine brightly, make sure that you do. Make it your top priority. God wants His glory to be visible for all to see, especially to a lost world.

Lord, please forgive us that we make more time and more space to this world and its standards, than for You. Please help us in our daily walk to rather focus on You and on what is good and true, than on the negativity of this world! Please Jesus, we are nothing without You. Amen

2 comments for “54. Glow for God (2)”

  1. Gravatar of TanjaTanja
    Posted Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:42:12 PM

    Dankie Ilze! Dit is soo belangrik en van toepassing op ons! Ons het die vermoee om 'n dag so vinnig op te vul sonder om God eers "aan te trek" en Sy wil vir ons dag te soek!

    Bly skyn!

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    Tanja

  2. Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:30:24 PM

    I can go on and on, but I think you get the point.

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