Thursday, May 23, 2013

Inside Out

I am sure you have heard it said before that Christianity is different from any other religion. There are many aspects of how believing in Jesus is different than believing in any other religious leader. But the one that I want to focus on today is how we are changed. I doubt many people think they do not need to be changed. I know I do. I know those around me need to be changed. That is one of the reasons why I blog, to share how I have and am being changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

But here's the deal. Every religion in the world tries to change you from the outside in. They make rules that you have to follow in order to be accepted into their religion. They say things like, "your made holy by the things you do." But that simply is not true with Christianity. When we believe in Jesus, He changes us not from the outside in, but from the inside out. He begins with the greatest place of trouble in our life, our heart.

This concept was visibly displayed through the life example of Moses. When he would go up on the mountain and meet with God, his life became radiant. He was externally changed through spending time with God. When He spent time with God, the glory of God would then radiate from his face. It was so bright that he had to veil his face so that people would not die.
"When Moses removed his veil in the Tent of Meeting and spoke with the Lord face to face, he experienced a physical transformation when his face became luminous. At the same time he underwent a sanctifying moral transformation as, being exposed to God's presence and revelation, his character and will became so marked with God's image that he lived in profound obedience to God's glorious revelation." (Kent Hughes, 2 Corinthians, 79).
Moses had to wear the veil to protect people from the radiation of the glory of God that shone from his fact. But over time, that glory would fade. What is interesting is that the Apostle Paul says that should not happen for the Christian. 
"To this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 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." (2 Corinthians 3:15-18)
When a person turns to Jesus (believes in Him), the veil is removed from their heart. And they begin to radiate from the inside out like Moses radiated. Instead of the glory of God radiating and fading, it gets stronger and stronger as He changes us from the inside out.

When you spend time with Jesus today through His Word, prayer, and the community of believers, you shine a little brighter. The external comes about through the transformation that is taking place in the internal. You are changed from the inside out.

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