Looking to Christ, We are Radiant

Psalms 34:5

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

Those who look to God are radiant

Jesus will be seen through those who follow Him. Those who keep their eyes on the Lord radiate Him. The Hebrew word translated here as radiant literally means to sparkle, shine, or be cheerful. Those who focus their attention on the Light of the World, will themselves be lights in this world.

  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 “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. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
It is Jesus’ prerogative to set His lights where they can be seen

We behold the glory of the Lord and are transformed into His image. This comes through His Spirit. It is not a work of our flesh, but He shines upon us and makes Himself seen to others.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:6 “God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
  • Luke 11:33“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

Their faces shall never be ashamed

In approaching God through the New Covenant–eternal life through His death and resurrection–we have confidence. We will never be ashamed. We will never be disappointed. We will never be forsaken. Our hope in Him is sure, steadfast, and immovable. And we know that as we look to Him, we are being transformed into His image.

  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 “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. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

Wherever Jesus’ places us in this world, let us pray for His light to be seen. If we make it a practice to look to Him, we know we will radiate Him. As we keep our eyes on Him, let us rejoice in His ability to transform us into His image.

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