Being completely honest, one of my favorite things to bring home from the beach is a fresh tan. Today, there is a two-fold lesson on my heart that left an impression on me last week, and I pray that it leaves one on you, as well.
In the book of Exodus, it is pointed out that the skin of Moses' face actually shone after he had been in the Presence of Almighty God. He put a veil over it to cover it in front of the Israelites, and he would remove it when he went before the Lord. The apostle Paul elaborated on this in 2 Corinthians as he spoke of the comparison between the glory of the new covenant through Christ and the one which the Lord had made with Israel through Moses.
"...Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away."
This lets us know that not only did he cover his face due to its brightness, but also to cover it as the glory was fading. It was temporary. Time in the Lord's Presence, soaking in the rays of the Son, will cause evidence of Him to shine through us. But it shouldn't be a one-time deal. The glory of the new covenant lasts without fading away, but we must submit our flesh to walk in it daily.
A tan is temporary. This flesh is temporary. For my skin to shine with the glory of the sun, I must remain before it. For my life to shine with the glory of the Son, I must remain in Him.
I mentioned a two-foldness to this: my flesh couldn't handle all of the time that I wanted to enjoy the sunlight. It began to peel before ever returning home. We cannot for one moment think that we can waltz into the Presence of the Lord and bask in Him without our flesh having to be crucified. It must be peeled and culled away...we must let go and lay aside the sin that so easily besets us and every weight that bars us from drawing nearer to Him.
I challenge you to commit to "laying out" your life before Him daily, and then with an unveiled face reveal His glory to all you meet. Don't sacrifice the eternal to take hold of what is temporary, but rather lay the temporary on the altar...and allow Him who is eternal to take hold of you.
Father, I long to see Your glory. I long to experience You in a way that I know my flesh cannot handle. Help me to present my flesh on the altar everyday so that I will not only position myself to see You, but I will also prepare for others to see You through me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:7-18, Hebrews 12:1