DayBreaks for 7/17/18: With Unveiled Faces
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (NIV) – Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
My dad’s last surviving brother passed away on Sunday, July 6. Out of my dad’s entire family (there were 8 brothers and sisters who survived into adulthood) only 2 of the sisters remain. Somehow, with the passing of my final “blood” uncle, I sense that a connection with my dad has been lost, and that is sad. Out of the Grover Dalrymple line of the Dalrymples, I am now the oldest male bearing the surname Dalrymple. It doesn’t seem possible.
As I contemplated what to share at my uncle’s “home-going celebration” in Oregon this past week, I was drawn to the passage above from 2 Corinthians, and I saw in it some things that I’d never seen or contemplated before. When we become believers, the “veil” is removed and we can reflect the Lord’s glory.
But wait – there’s still a challenge here, isn’t there? How well do you think you reflect the Lord’s glory? Somehow, I doubt that I am the only one who fails to always (often?) reflect His glory. In fact, there are probably more times that I fail to reflect the glory like I should than the times when I do reflect it properly. Why is it that I fail to reflect his image very well? Could it be because I am still in the flesh? The flesh is a veil of sorts, and as along as we are in the flesh, we’ll struggle to reflect Jesus’ glory.
We are given the great privilege and challenge of letting the glory of the Light shine through us, even while bound up in the veil of flesh. I think that when the flesh is laid aside, as it was by my uncle Dale, we finally, with an unveiled face, can really begin to show the glory of the Lord. I suspect that if I were able to see my uncle now, that I’d be amazed at how the glory of the Lord, Whom he has now beheld face to face, is reflected by uncle Dale. It didn’t take much for Moses’ face to shine as a result of being in the presence of the Lord. How much more for those who have been welcomed into His home? This is our destiny!
PRAYER: It is hard to believe that you call us to reflect your glory, that you give us the privilege of bearing your image and showing your Light to the world. Thank you for the great privilege of helping to make you visible to the world, and even as our faces are still veiled by the flesh, we pray that you will bring yourself glory through your children. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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