“And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him” (Exodus 34:29).
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
I love these two passages. They each reveal to us that time spent with God will show up not only in our character, but also in the way we look on the outside. It makes me wonder if those who see me each day can recognize that I have spent time with Jesus that day. You have heard the old adage, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Another I remember my parents saying to me was, “You will be known by the company you keep.”
Moses spent time on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments. That time with God caused his face to shine. Moses had a glow about him because of being in the presence of God. Peter and John were brought before the religious leaders and being challenged for the healing of a lame man. Their declaration as to how the man was healed was, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole” (Acts 4:10).
The religious leaders were frustrated because they could not deny the healing of this man, and they certainly did not want to be reminded that Jesus was alive again after they killed Him. The thing that always touches my heart when reading this story is the obvious impact that the time spent with Jesus had on the lives of these men. Although “unlearned and ignorant,” these men spoke with power and authority that none of the religious leaders possessed.
How was that possible? They had never been to Bible College, or had on-line classes, or received ordination from a council, or … What they had done was spend the better part of three years watching Jesus be the Son of God! They had witnessed blind receiving sight, Deaf being able to hear and speak, lame walking and running around. They had seen a resurrected Savior! That will make a difference in anyone’s life … or will it? We have seen the same things these men saw. We can read all the accounts in our Bible. Will your walk reflect time that you spent with Jesus today?