There is a great passage in the book of Exodus about Moses and his shiny face! Read this:
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.…And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him. (Ex 34:29-30, 33-35)
Think about that! Moses’ face actually glowed! It glowed when he spent time with the Lord. It glowed when Moses was in the Lord’s presence. Unfortunately, the people got a little freaked out seeing this guy glow, so Moses had to put a veil over his face. Some of the people didn’t want to see the reflection of God’s glory.
But, the thought that Moses’ physical being, his skin, started to reflect God’s glory is both mind-boggling and exciting. And it means that we humans can start to look a little bit like God Himself
The Apostle Paul referred to this episode in Moses’ life when he wrote:
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
You see, this concept of reflecting His glory, of glowing skin if you will, wasn’t just for Moses or for extraordinarily pious people, it’s available to any one of us who would take the time to behold the glory of the Lord. If we would only spend the time and sit in His presence and lose ourselves in Him, we would start to look like Him. And as we do this, as we sit in His presence, and start to take on His character, I think other people will notice. People will see something different, something holy, something glorious, not because of our own holiness, but because we are reflecting His. Some people will see this, get freaked out and run the other way. Others will be drawn to the reflection and turn to the Lord, then they will start glowing too.
So here’s the bottom line. I want to glow! I want to reflect His Glory for others to see! Forget the tanning bed; I’m going to go sit in His presence!