Friday, April 18, 2008

The Clan of the Radiant Face

"Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame" (Psalm 34:5).

God created us with faces that have the unique ability of reflecting to others the things that we cherish deepest in our hearts. Whatever holds your affections, and arouses your highest admiration; whatever it is that has captured your attention and become the focus of your desires -- it will be seen on your face.

Some people love money, and their faces are marred with greed and avarice. Others drool after sex, and walk about with faces reddened by lust. Other love only themselves and cast forth a countenance of arrogance and contempt for others. And on and on it goes, for our world is filled with many, many faces.

But then there is the Clan of the Radiant Face. These are those who love the Lord Jesus -- truly, deeply, and fully. Their faces shine with His favor and blessing. They give off light in every dark place, and are attractive to all things good and noble. The Lord beautifies the meek with salvation, and fills their face with life and gladness.

Yet, even for them, there are times when something else catches their eye and they drift away their gaze from Jesus to other things. Then their faces slowly dim, as a dullness clouds their once radiant countenance. Perhaps you may be is such a drifted state even now, and remember fonder days when the light of the Lord was shed upon your way. All you need do is turn back your face to Him -- He will take care of the rest.

Let your identity come from how much the Lord loves you, rather than fixing your attention on how much the Lord is using you, or blessing you. For even these things, when they catch our eye, will become clouds that shade our faces from His glory.

You know the old song -- "Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."

So, what are you looking at? It's written all over your face.


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