What is the world looking for in Christians? What they need to see is the love of Jesus shining through us!
7 One person pretends to be rich, but has nothing [ those whose treasure is here on this earth]; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth [those whose treasure is in heaven].
To answer the question, the world is not looking for anything in Christians; they are either afraid they might find truth or they simply aren’t interested in what we have to offer. There ARE those in the world who are looking for truth. They will find it in Christians who are genuine in their faith. Who are those who are genuine in their faith? Those who are seeking and sensing:
We seek the face of the Father
We enjoy fellowship with the Son
We sense the presence of the Holy Spirit
When we spend time with the Father, we reflect the Lord’s glory. This glory is what people see and smell of Christ.
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
We have an excellent example of the reflection of the Lord’s glory in Moses. Let’s read it:
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.
Paul interprets this account in 2 Corinthians 3:7-13.
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 2 Corinthians 3:7-13
Paul goes on to say that when a person receives Christ, the veil over our hearts is taken away (v.14). So, we Christians have no veil over our hearts. Instead, “we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (v.18).” Our radiance is continuous because of His love in our hearts (Romans 5:5). What shall we do with this love? We find the answer in 1 Thessalonians 3:12,
12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
Here’s how it works:
- Christ comes into our lives and takes up residence.
- He removes the veil so that others can see Him in us.
- As we become more like Him, we radiate and then overflow to others. They see our love, joy and peace through our patience, kindness and goodness, and want our faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in their lives.
- They receive Christ and have their veils removed.
- They, then, reflect the Lord’s glory, and the process continues.
This process is what Christianity is all about. Let’s do it!
Abba, I pray that You will fill my heart with Your love so that it overflows to others, to both Christian brothers and sisters and to lost folks who need Jesus, particularly to those who are searching for His love. I really do want my life to be all about You, Lord Jesus. Amen.