Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.
—2 Corinthians 3:17–18
What we’ve received from God lasts; and what we gain in Christ is glorious. Indeed, what we’ve received can’t be covered. The lights the Holy Spirit ignites in us cannot be hidden under a bushel or anywhere else (as I often sing with my youngest).
Our lights of faith in God keep us connected to Him. Jesus coming out of the tomb reveals our ultimate hope, the unchangeable fact of eternity on earth. We claim that victory without shame’that is our “Jesus Glow.” It is the face the Lord wants us to turn to the world to light it up, as evidence and proof His mercy is available to all mankind.
I have a friend who says when strangers ask if they know you, it’s the Jesus Glow they are recognizing. She says they are recognizing the very life-giving presence of God within us. We were all created to have it; and when the switch is flipped at salvation, we can see it in someone else. Like with John the Baptist in his mother’s womb, our spirits connect in a leap of recognition.
I’ve seen the Jesus Glow come on someone in a very dramatic fashion. When she released twenty-eight years of pain, abuse, and bitterness, the newfound freedom literally took wrinkles and lines off her face. After she received the Holy Spirit’s fullness, she looked like she’d had the most effective face-lift ever. She finally was full, her empty places met by the grace and love of God. Her soul found the life it always craved and the Spirit had been given to her in abundance.
My friend’s Jesus Glow hasn’t faded, although that experience was several years ago. Her life circumstances weren’t magically altered; in fact, they got worse after that experience with the Holy Spirit. But we both believe this radical encounter with the Holy Spirit happened when it did so that she could endure with hope, and ultimately be an instrument that brings others to the freedom in Christ she’s found. It is a freedom born of forgiveness and trust. It is a freedom only found through believing God loves her enough to give her Himself.
It is the Spirit of the Lord who wants to lift those burdens and bring rest to us. It’s the kind of rest we can’t get from a mattress, a pill, or anywhere else. It may not come as dramatically as it did for my friend. My own glow has come over time. It has been a daily submission, holding my hands out to God to give Him what I have, and accepting His fullness in return.
When we ask, the Lord will show up. He always does. He sweeps in with a fire that warms us up from the cold shadows of this life. As we sit in His presence, He fans our own flames and makes our cheeks pink too.
Come, Holy Spirit. Come and warm any cold places in my heart. Show me what it feels like to burn with You and for Your glory. Let the glow of the Spirit be on my face today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Write down a few thoughts on what you feel freedom in the Holy Spirit looks like. Then ask the Holy Spirit to make that freedom more abundant in your life.
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