How do people see us?

How do people see us?


I have been preparing a sermon for the Wednesday morning service on Exodus 34:29-end. The passage refers to what happened to Moses when he was in God’s presence. Without knowing it himself Moses came out of that great period of intimacy with his Lord with his face shining – it was radiant. The people were amazed when they saw him. In fact they were afraid because they knew something had happened which was out of their experience.


So we were reflecting on how do people see us today. When we spend time with our Lord Jesus, what impact does it have? Are we radiant or do we come over just as everyone else. I was reminded of a dear Christian man getting on in years (not sure how old he was because I was much younger then!). Aubrey’s face just shone as he grew in his relationship with his Lord. He loved to read God’s word, to pray, to have fellowship with God’s people and he always loved to worship in song. I remember Aubrey because he was affected by the presence of his Saviour and Lord.


So what are we like – what am I like (don’t answer that one!)? Do we express radiance because of our growing relationship with Christ? Or do express a cragginess which doesn’t reflect the light and love of Christ in any way?


Moses had a great time in the presence of the Lord (yes he had other very challenging times too). Reading these words in Exodus afresh reminds me that quality time spent with the Lord will have an impact on us and therefore on others.


I’m reminded of Geoff Bullock’s song: “Lord I come to you, let my heart be changed, renewed, flowing from the grace that I found in You.” The first part of the chorus says: “Hold me close, let Your live surround me, bring me near, draw me to Your side.” This intimacy with God will certainly have an impact.