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The Many Faces of…Jesus

Weekly Devotionals

The Many Faces of…Jesus

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This past month was a very exciting time for South Korea.  We were the host country for the 2018 Winter Olympic games!  The toxic buzz of the games permeated the entire peninsula and it was glorious.  For our family, we were fortunate enough to spend a few days out east and even watch Korea medal in the 1500m speed skating event.  From short track to Chloe Kim, from OAR hockey to Yuzuru Hanyu in figure skating, every bit of the games was pure excitement.  Despite it all, one story dominated the newsfeed in the final few days…Team Kim, or better known as the Garlic Girls.

In last week’s Hub, Pastor Stephanie talked about the medalist and the very act of being called by God.  Frankly, I jumped on the Garlic bandwagon a bit late in the games, but in efforts of catching up, I scoured the internet to find everything I could about Team Kim.  There were tons of fun videos, facts, and pics about them, but the pic above stuck out.  It quickly reminded me of an old similar pic of our good friend Chuck Norris seen below.

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Sure they’re both comical and perhaps there is some truth to Eun-Jung’s and Chuck’s image, but when I saw these pics, I quickly wondered what my version would look like.  What are my faces of emotion?  What’s my expression when I’m amped and does that look any different when I’m frustrated?  How do I react when I hear good news versus when someone cuts me off in the middle of rush hour?  Is it all the same?

As I started to run through a list of emotions, scenarios, and behaviors that I typically exhibit throughout the course of a day…the course of a week, I started to feel embarrassed.  From joy to anger, the good the bad, from one end of the spectrum to the other, I discovered that regardless of the situation, my “face” was often one of bitterness, anxiety, grief, and of the like.  Even the positive emotions harbored hints of pride, selfishness, and arrogance.  While sitting there in reflection, I quickly asked the question, “What DO I want to look like instead?”  In answering this question…in seeing what I want to look like when experiencing gladness, when considering what I desire my response to be when filled with utter despair, for times that I need to be humbled or reaffirmed…my response in every situation longs to look like our Saviour and King.  I don’t know if Jesus experienced every emotion, but I do know that His response to every situation was that of God’s.  Every word, every deed, every feeling emanated the Fruits of the Spirit.  This is what I want my “face” to be every day in all that I say and do.  Amen?

As we start this new week and this new month, may it be our prayer that we are constantly “wearing” the beautiful face of Jesus Christ.

Here’s to the warmer weather and a fresh new season in our lives.