“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.” II Corinthians 3:18
In my devotional reading a few days ago I saw the following quote from Max Lucado: “The connection between the face and worship is more than coincidental. Our face is the most public part of our bodies, covered less than any other area. It is also the most recognizable part of our bodies. God desires to take our faces and use them to reflect his goodness.”
The Bible tells us that after Moses had spent many days in the presence of the Lord on the mountain, his face shone so brightly that he had to put on a vail when he came back down to the rest of the people.
In Matthew 17, on the Mount of Transfiguration, when Jesus was transfigured before his closest disciples, His face shone as the sun.
I remember many times praying with people at an altar and seeing their face change as they broke through to the presence of the Lord. The glory of the Lord so filled them that their countenance changed.
During the past months, we mostly have only seen part of people’s faces, as we have had to wear masks while in company with others. But even with those restrictions, we have been able to worship the Lord and give Him glory and praise. Some of us have not been able to be in live services, but we have been able to worship through the live streaming. We are all looking forward to the day when we can gather together without masks to worship and praise the Lord together, letting His glory rest upon us and making us a blessing to others.
Our desire should be to stay close to the Lord, worshipping Him even when we are alone, so that when we do come in contact with others, they will know we have been with Jesus, and those who do not know Him, will desire to have the joy and peace we possess.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, accept our praise and worship to you, and let your glory rest upon our faces so that others will be blessed.
Devotion by Anne Johnston