“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (I Corinthians 13:2)
Praise be to God who graciously enabled to meditate on the word ‘Face to face’ for the whole of this month. Prepare your mind and heart to meet God face to face. Let your face change similar to that of Jesus. Let the people see that you resemble the holy beauty of Jesus. To ensure that his eyes should see the living redeemer Job had made a covenant with his eyes (Job 31:1).
If a man possesses evil spirit or the demon within him, he could not see your eyes directly. He will have to change his focus from facing you, being unable to face the King of kings who dwells within you. The mind of Cain was filled with jealous and hatred and thus his countenance fell (Genesis 4:5). When God had to look at Cain’s face He asked “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7).
The face of Saul also changed as he was unable to bare the success of David. Thus he was afflicted by a distressing spirit sent by God. (I Samuel 19:9). Even in this world look at the faces of many who live sinfully. The eyes of the drunkards, fornicators, gamblers and robbers will be terrible. When God comes with glory, these people could never meet him face to face. At the same time kindness and joy will find place in the faces of the saints. They will rejoice and minister joyously.
Bible says “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4). How should we be to meet God? Firstly “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (I John 3:3). Secondly “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:7). Thirdly “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (I John 2:6). Fourthly “I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:14).
If you really make an effort, if you have the real intention to get transformed as Jesus inherit His characteristics like his humbleness, his holiness and his prayerful life.
To meditate: “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (I Peter 2:21)