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A couple of blogs ago I wrote about Tips For Glowing Skin… if you missed it, you can read it HERE.
In it, we discussed how Moses had to put a veil over his face to stop the people from seeing the glow fade. (2 Corinthians 3:12-13). And how our glow is being built upon itself when we keep spending time with God; in His word and prayer and worship.
Today, let’s discuss the veil itself. Paul talks about in many ways and I think it’s important, especially for these time we are living in.
Let’s start with this picture. It took me a long time to find just the right picture because it had to really veil her face. I mean really cover up her countenance for the purposes of this blog. And let’s face it ladies, nobody wants to cover up their radiance on their wedding day.
In the picture this veil stops her from seeing clearly. Even what’s right in front of her. And that’s the first thing Paul explains about the veil…
“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.” 2 Corinthians 3:14-15
People who do not have a relationship with Jesus have a veil over their face. They can’t see Jesus who is standing right in front of them with open arms. A veil is blocking their clear sight.
Good news for them… “ But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” Notice they don’t see first, they come in faith first. And then the veil is taken away and they can see. This is the first thing Paul teaches us about the veil.
Now, look at the carefully chosen picture again. You cannot see the bride’s face clearly. You can see like one eyeball and a part of skin. You can’t tell if she’s happy or sad or just what she is. Paul explains further about the veil…
Some of us Christians put a veil over our faces just like Moses did. We cover up the fact that we are Christians with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). We think we have to fit in and not stand out. But we are called the “salt of the earth” a glowing city on a hill that CANNOT be hidden”. So why do we try to hide in plain sight? We hide the fact that our lives are becoming more and more a reflection of God’s glory.
If you haven’t told anyone about Jesus, you are hiding. If you haven’t shared what God is doing in your life, or has done, you are veiled. And isn’t it pour job on this earth the bring honor and glory to Jesus? And I’m not talking about to other Christians. Shoot, that’s easy.
God told us to pray for workers in the fields. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” I’m convinced that at all times in history this has been true. But in our American culture today, this has never been a truer statement. He said some are seed planters and some are harvesters. We have to let people know we are different so they can want what we have. And we have to give all the glory to Jesus.
Kelly Minter put it this way; “People can’t get the veil off because Christian people won’t take the veil off.”
So, who has God been asking you to talk to? A neighbor? A co-worker? A family friend? Don’t wait! Their time could be now!