Have you ever known someone whose countenance was marked by the presence of God?
Week 3 – Celebrating 100 Years of Oswald Chambers
VERSE: “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
OSWALD: “The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you.” (My Utmost for His Highest – January 23rd)
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How It Spoke to Me…
I love my friend, Judy Delgatty. She literally shines.
There is a sweetness in her countenance and an acceptance in her love that is winsome and hard to resist. You just feel better when you are around her. Valued and wanted. Embraced as she leans forward with a gentle smile, drawing you out with questions about your life, your family…as if she really wants to know you. Because she really does.
I’ve been a recipient of that genuine interest, but she doesn’t save it only for friends. She greets strangers with the same kind of welcoming love.
Judy reminds me of Jesus. While gentleness and sincerity are part of my friend’s nature, there is an accompanying depth and wisdom that can only come from spending time alone with God.
I’ve had the privilege of praying often with Judy. She has a sweet familiarity and comfortableness with God that I want in my life. She comes as a child secure and fully acquainted with her Father’s love.
This intimacy hasn’t happened overnight, and Judy would be the first to tell you that there are times she struggles just as most of us do. Times when her feelings are fickle and her pursuit of spiritual things is imperfect.
But in the way she lives and the way she loves, I see a woman who spends time with Jesus, looking deeply into His face. As a result, I see a distinct family resemblance.
5 Ways to Reflect Jesus More Accurately
As I’ve been thinking about the qualities that set Judy apart – the qualities I want in my own life – I’ve come up with five things that can help us give a more accurate reflection of God to our world. [Read more…]