A Noticeable Difference

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.

What was the difference?  Moses had been with God, and being with Him rubs off on us.  Close communion with our Father has a visible effect, something that others can notice in us.  It may not be that our face literally shines, but the Spirit of God shines through us.  And He is evident in our speech, our attitudes, our behavior, and even our countenance.  And the more time we spend—meaningful, up-close time—the more He influences us and the more we are changed by Him.

God calls us to be different, and it’s not just a separation from worldliness and sin.  It’s not just an internal difference that we are aware of.  It’s not just something that comes out at church when we are around other Christians.  It is to be carrying forth the glory of God so that others can see Him through us and come to know Him for themselves.  It is a way God can work through us so that that relationship we have with Him becomes contagious.  And what better way to glorify Him than to make Him so evident to those around us?

Just as Moses didn’t realize that his face was shining when he came down from the mountain, we are often unaware of how others view us.  We can’t always see what others see when they look at us.  We can’t always tell what we are projecting to those who are looking to us.  And in a lot of ways, our personal time with God causes those qualities to become ingrained within us so that they become a natural part of us.  We don’t have to think about being kind or loving or gracious, but those responses become almost automatic as the Holy Spirit works in and through us.

May we shine with the glow of God’s glory that comes from that intimate kind of fellowship where we really get to know Him and His ways.  May our time with Him cause us to look more like Him.  May we be transformed by that growing relationship with the Lord.  And may those visible and noticeable changes in us draw others to God and reveal Him to a lost world around us.  Let us live in such a way that everything about us makes it obvious that we have been with God.

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