In Exodus 34, we read about Moses coming down from Mount Sinai after spending 40 days and 40 nights in the presence of the Lord. And at the end of verse 29 it says: “He was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.”
His face was literally glowing after spending so much time in the presence of God. It was something that was visible to Aaron and the other Israelites. Have you ever met someone or known someone that seems to glow or radiate the love of Jesus in a way that’s recognizable like we see here with Moses?
I had the pleasure of getting to spend some time with someone like this once. His name was Pastor Jerry Cook. He actually wrote a book called Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness that I read early in ministry. And he came and spoke at a youth pastors/youth leaders retreat that I attended several years ago.
At this retreat there were a handful of youth pastors who had the privilege of sitting down with Pastor Jerry and asking him questions. It was such an amazing experience, because he seemed to just ooze the love of Jesus.
It felt like we were sitting down with Peter or Paul as he shared his wisdom and amazing stories of life and ministry. It was obvious that he had spent a lot of time in the presence of Jesus.
Pastor Jerry was a very special man, but the truth is he was no different than you and me. The love and light that radiated from his life wasn’t his own, it was Christ in him. We all have the ability to shine in this way. As a matter of fact, Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16 to let our light so shine.
We are called to be the light of Jesus to world. We need to be people who are radiating light. But this won’t happen if we aren’t plugged into the source. Jesus is our source and the more time we spend in His presence, the brighter we shine. Let’s seek to spend more time in His presence and let’s be people who let our light shine for those around us to see!