[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18a (HCSB)
Last week, we began our topic on the victorious Christian by discussing what the victorious Christian smells like. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend checking it out.
This week, we will ask ourselves another question: What does a victorious Christian look like?
My younger sister and I look very much alike, or so I’m told. She’s 18 months younger than me, but most of our lives people have thought we were twins. Even now, with such different paths we have walked and continents apart, whenever we get together people who don’t know us well can’t distinguish between us. She is an amazing singer and song writer. I can’t sing for anything! (Trust me, when I try, my mom tells me not to quit my day job. :) If we are both at a church and she shares a song, I get so many compliments afterwards. I find it quite humorous. People also will come up to her and ask how Africa is and the mission field (which is my thing.) They find it hard to tell us apart, because we are closely related. Growing up, we did many things together. We have similar mannerisms, the same goofy sense of humor (which we share with our older sister as well and probably inherited from both parents), and so on. There is no denying that we are closely related. We look alike.
A victorious believer, in the same way, will look like the One that they spend time with. When people look at us, they should see Jesus - in our expressions, mannerisms, speech.
In Matthew 17, we read of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Verse 2 says: “and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.”
When Jesus was seen in His glory, He was glowing. This was a characteristic of Him as He truly was and is.
Exodus 34:29-30 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
Acts 6:15 (Regarding Stephen) And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
We find both in the Old and New Testaments, that believers who were in the presence of God glowed. They looked different than their natural selves. They looked like Jesus. People were both terrified and in awe, but the point is that they noticed a distinct difference in them.
When people look at us, do they see Jesus?
Do they notice a difference in our lives? They should.
There should be a big difference from what we were apart from Christ, and who we are now that the Holy Spirit of God lives within us.
What we look like should resemble the God we follow, whose children we’ve become. We should be full of holiness, love, integrity, honesty, compassion, and so on.
They should see Jesus, not us.
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
Peter and John were ordinary, uneducated men. After the crucifixion, they were anything but bold. They hid in fear for their lives, terrified of what would happen to them. Peter denied Jesus three times. Now, after the resurrection and being filled with the Holy Spirit, they are unstoppable. They fear no man; they know that men cannot silence their message. They know that they are indestructible until their time is done. With boldness and precision, they unabashedly speak about Jesus before the Jewish court. Look at the difference! The men who heard them realized that they had been with Jesus.
They finally were looking more like their Master.
How do we go from being fearful, defeated believers to being victorious? How do we gain boldness and courage to face whatever comes our way? We spend time with Jesus. We ask Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit. We read the Word and pray. Then we will begin to change. It is not a work that we can do ourselves. We can’t change who we are, but He can change us.
When people look at you, who do they see? Someone stuck in the flesh, living just like the world; or someone who looks like Jesus?
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Hi, my name is Erica and I am a God-called missionary for Northern Uganda. It is my passion and life-calling to bring God’s word to the people of the world. Each and every one of us can do our part in spreading God’s word to people in need of Jesus’ healing touch and hope. Trying to figure out if God has called you to the mission field? Do you want to learn more about what it’s like to be a missionary? Check out my book, For the Joy Set Before Us – Insights Into the Missionary Journey today.