On Reflecting the Likeness of Jesus

The Lafayette Reservoir

The Lafayette Reservoir in December 2012.

By Josh Pinkston

This morning’s reading from Exodus 34 tells the story of how Moses’ face became radiant with the glory of God from spending time face to face with God. Upon discovering this he began to wear a veil when he was not in God’s presence. 2 Corinthians 3:13 tells us that the veil was to hide the fact that the radiance was fading. The passage also continues to explain that now in Christ the veil that prevented us from accessing God is removed. The main purpose for this is found in verse 18, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image…”

My friend, Josh Pinkston, wrote about this on his blog today, saying that to contemplate is to reflect and that reflection is only possible through stillness and proximity. If we want our lives to be a reflection of Jesus, we need to get close to him and be still on a regular basis. Just like Moses, the reflection will fade unless we take the time to get close to God. The great thing, though, is that all it takes is to turn to the Lord (2 Cor. 3:16), and we find ourselves in God’s presence.

My prayer is that our hearts would yearn to reflect Jesus in our world and that we would do what it takes to make his reflection shone.

Grace and peace,

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About Brook Fonceca

I’m a coffee snob, theology nerd, father of five, associate pastor, and acoustic guitar hack. The articles on this blog are some of my thoughts on God, church, theology, spirituality, and at times, coffee. The posts usually arrive in the form of newsletter devotionals.

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