Walking in the Light of His Gaze
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways”
God’s value system is different than ours. The mindset that is according to the flesh esteems temporal things while the mind that is set according to the Spirit esteems the things that are eternal. The mind that has not been renewed by the Spirit, values, for example: money, good reputations, positions, gain even if not justly, praise from men, instant gratification, etc. Some of these things are not bad, but the pride and selfishness in the human heart that longs for these are harmful and contrary to God.
Jesus teaches us to live a secret life before the Father, not necessarily hiding from men, but doing things primarily for the Father to see rather than for men to be impressed by them. The truth is that things done before the Lord, are usually not brought to the spotlight before men whose eyes are fixed on the temporary. “Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:5). It is neither valued nor understood by them and they do not give it much attention. When people see that you do not indulge in their sinful ways many times it is offensive and even repulsive to them. What they do see is blinding and even bothersome to those whose deeds are of the darkness. “… Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).
Many times when we hear the word “Glory” in the context of the manifest presence of God we think of things like Moses’ face shining, or a cloud filling the temple. But again, what was that light that was coming forth from Moses’ face? Why was it so disturbing to the people of Israel? It was the same light that Christ came shining but the Israelites rejected it. “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, (the Hebrews in the wilderness,) not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). It exposed the inner workings of their hearts.
Moses could boldly and humbly write about himself in Numbers 12:3, “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.” The reason he could say that about himself is that he was reflecting the Light. He radiated the likeness of God. That was the Light that offended his generation so that they asked him to cover his face, and that same veil lies over those who have not yet entered into the New Covenant, “the new and living way, which He (Jesus) consecrated for us, through the veil, that is His flesh” (1 Corinthians 3:16; Hebrews 10:20). The same veil remains on those who have not stepped by faith through the finished work on the Cross. God has an opinion, His presence has a conviction, those who are not in agreement with Him despise who He is. If you think that you love God, but hate your brother, you are not in agreement with Him and have deceived yourself (1 John 4:20). This is the essence of Light, the essence of who He is “God is Love” (1 John 4:16).
How many people talk about love, and think they actually are in agreement with Him. The Scriptures paint a picture of Love that most people are completely unaware as they romanticize the substance of love to be something that benefits them without costing them their lives. Something kind and cuddly, that is completely gentle towards them or even towards others and the poor, but what about becoming that substance. What about being that gentle comfort to others, what about taking a hold of that substance instead of leaving it as an ethereal concept floating around in the air while no one actually embodies it. Here is a painting of this Love in the scriptures:
“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
In how much agreement are we really with this substance, with Love? It’s much easier to be a recipient of such love and such selflessness from others, but what about a reciprocator of such Love? It’s easy to dream of a better world, but who will come into agreement with the Light, that brings evil to shame, and turn to follow this Light in the Everlasting Way. “Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord the veil is taken away…” No matter how much you try, you will find yourself lacking this Love and unable to reciprocate it without turning to the Lord. You will never be able to reflect a Light you are not beholding. Unless you are willing to take the burn of Beholding true Beauty and allowing Him to transform you into His likeness from Glory to Glory (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).
The light “makes manifest” (Ephesians 5:13) exactly what is in the heart of an individual. Greed, selfish ambition, pride, lust, etc. When those things are exposed, when Light comes in, we have a choice to make. Will we hide and be condemned, or will we agree with the essence of this Light and turn from our wicked ways and walk in the Light? “For (if you are in Christ) you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth…” (Ephesians 5:8-9). Adam and Eve hid from this light and most of humanity followed in their footsteps.
Now we have a choice that has not been readily available to every generation after Adam. We can turn to Jesus! Through Jesus we can go where sinful man is not permitted. We can walk in the Light of His Gaze unashamed. Unashamed not because of our goodness but because the Blood of Jesus Christ actually cleanses us from sin. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh (He died on the Cross), and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:19-22). We can draw near to Him, behold Him, and be transformed by Him!
If you do not know that assurance of faith, and that freedom from an evil conscience I invite you, put your trust in Jesus. Talk with Him, because He is alive and tell Him: “I believe in you Jesus Christ, I believe you died on the Cross 2000 years ago and you resurrected from the dead three days later, give me assurance of faith, cleanse me from an evil conscience.” If you cannot find the strength of trust to tell Him that, ask Him for it.
If you know Jesus but have hidden areas in your heart. Selfish ambitions, lust, etc. And you find that the way, Love, is not prevalent in your life, agree with the Light. Confess those sins to someone you trust who will encourage you and push you to seek the Lord more. And spend time Beholding Him. He will transform you in His Presence.