In my devotion time this morning I read Numbers 6:22-26. This passage talks about having the countenance of God. Does my countenance reflect the greatness of God? Spending time with God in word, prayer and worship is what brings about change in our life and allows others to see the countenance of God in our face. It’s not men pointing out our flaws that make our countenance like God’s, but having a love relationship with Him. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the rules (laws) but instead mediate on Matthew 11:28-30:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
God never intended a right relationship with Him to be full of rules and regulations. It isn’t suppose to be hard, but easy, comfortable and pleasant. If you truly have a love relationship with God then you will love others (including the lost) with the same love He extends to you—a love that shows mercy, grace and patience—you didn’t arrive at where you are today overnight or by yourself.
Lead by example, but make sure your example is Christ like—that means to have the countenance of God—to be merciful, gracious and patient. The only way to arrive at this is to spend time in the word, listen to teachings, worship and have communication with God everyday. I want my life to reflect the countenance of God and I want to extend to all those I come in contact with the same grace and mercy the He extends to me on a daily basis.
I have not arrived, but I am working with God to make my life one that reflects His LOVE!