"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."1
I read how, some years ago, "a missionary physician in one of China's hospitals cured a man of cataracts. A few weeks later 48 blind men came to the doctor from one of China's wilds, all holding on to a rope guided by the man who had been cured. He had led them in this way, walking in chain for 250 miles to the hospital."2
Would we, who were once blind and healed spiritually by Jesus, the Great Physician, do our utmost to lead others to Jesus, the only one who can cure spiritual blindness, and in so doing give people the gift of forgiveness for all their sins and, with it, the gift of eternal life?
To have our witness be credible, however, it is imperative that we, too, "with unveiled faces reflect the Lord's glory" and more and more be transformed into Jesus' likeness so that people will always "see Jesus" in us. "With unveiled faces" means being open-faced, genuine, personally honest, authentic, and not phony in any way. Nathanael is an excellent example to follow. When "Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him … said of him, 'Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit [guile]!'"3
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a person in whom there is no guile or deceit, and always reflect your glory in all circumstances so that people will always "see Jesus" in me. And please help me to be transformed into your likeness and use me to be a living, effective witness for you in helping to introduce many others to you for your healing and forgiveness. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
1. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV).
2. Sunday School Times. Cited in Lee, Paul Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations, p.1614.
3. John 1:47 (NKJV).