Face Radiant, Heart Burning

Does your life radiate God?  Do people see that you follow him? And are they drawn to you in your reflection of Jesus?  Or do they see that you are one of those wackos who believes crazy fairy tales?  Moses’ face was radiant from being with God.  How about yours?

29 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. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.

33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.
Exodus 34:29-35

When I read of Moses’ face being radiant from his time with God, I think of the two followers of Jesus who encountered the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus.  They commented to each other afterward that their hearts were burning from their time with Jesus (Luke 24:32).

When we spend time with God, there is a tangible impact on our lives.  God radiates within us and out of us.  Others can see that we are close with the Lord.

At first, the Israelites were afraid of Moses because he looked different, yet once they spoke to him they were more comfortable.  What does that mean for me? What does it mean for my neighbours’ impressions of me?

When people know that we have a dedication to God, many times it makes them shrink back.  Uh-oh.  He’s a wacko.  Better keep my distance.  When we actually speak to them and they get to know us, that should fade fast.  They should still see God in us, yet if we are reflecting Jesus appropriately, they should be drawn in and not pushed back.

Does your life radiate God?

Do people see that you follow him?

And are they drawn to you in your reflection of Jesus?


Marc Kinna


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