Years ago, while on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, I noticed something that I have often thought about since. How is it that we communicate so much non-verbally? Most have heard that non-verbal communication plays a large part in the way humans communicate, the face being of primary importance. While in a country that speaks a different language, this becomes evident.
My two friends, one after the other, were sharing their testimonies of God’s work in their lives at a church service. There was a translator that would repeat each phrase in Spanish after my friends each would say a phrase in English. What struck me was the look on each of their faces as they were sharing. The glow of the Holy Spirit shone through as they were speaking and waiting for translation. I remember thinking that the testimony of their faces was so convincing of changed lives from darkness to light and that the words being interpreted were just to give the details. The look on their faces needed no interpretation!
I have mentioned that to others as we go on mission trips around the world. The look on our faces will communicate volumes to those we meet and interact with.
As we look at scripture related to this, I see a couple of things. First, there is a look on a face that communicates evil. Regarding the wicked kings of Israel, Isaiah 3:9 says: “The expression of their faces bears witness against them, and they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even conceal it.” Other emotions can come across on your face as well, including fear, anger, irritation, disinterestedness, surprise, and many others. The second look on a face in the Bible that catches my attention and reminds me of my friends on the mission trip, is the look on Stephen’s face as he was being stoned for his faith. Acts 6:15 says, they “saw his face like the face of an angel.” This glowing face reminds us of Moses as he would come down the mountain after being in the presence of God. Now in the new covenant, having the Spirit of God living in us, as believers, our faces are affected – or at least should be!
There is a transformation that occurs as we behold the glory of the Lord, and we are being changed or sanctified as we live this life in Christ. 1Cor 4:6 says that “God has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of glory of God in the face of Christ.”
May the Lord’s face shine through us as we interact with one another and with a lost world – with faces of faith!
Dr. Brent Evers is an Elder at FCC. He and his wife, Cari, have three children.