“A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.”

Ecclesiastes 8:1 NIV

I recently finished Jean Fleming‘s book titled Pursue The Intentional Life. This is a book so filled with treasures that you will need a new highlighter! I read it on my Kindle, but quickly ordered the hard copy.

It is a book that will rest on my bookshelf and be pulled out many times for reference, insight, and comfort. Scripture was weaved in and out of the pages along with many words of wisdom. It is a book I highly recommend.

Chapter 12 is titled The Ministry of Countenance and Spirit: Glorifying God and Blessing Others. I want to share a quote with you from chapter 12:

“As I bask in the light of God’s countenance, something happens in me. I am changed as I linger. I look at the Lord, and His beauty shines on me and in me. The apostle Paul expressed it this way: “All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.’ (2Cor. 3:18NLT)  Those of us who know God, who have been saved from destruction and eternal lostness, who carry around in our bodies the treasure of knowing the gospel and the Holy Spirit Himself, should radiate something of that wonder. Paul wrote that we “have this treasure in jars of clay”(4:7). How could there not be a certain glory about us? Surely some radiance should be seeping out between our ears.”

As Christians we have, support, and participate in a myriad of worthy ministries. But have we ever considered the “The Ministry of Countenance”?

When I am stuck in line at Walmart, irritated by disruptions in my schedule, waiting in the doctor’s office, or interrupted by a precious child or someone I love dearly, what is my countenance?

When my sweet man sets something down and based on my expression he immediately says I’m planning on moving that, I know my countenance is not reflecting God or His Glory.  I haven’t even said a word and he knows I’m irritated.

Countenance is a facial expression betraying a state of mind or feelings. We can express surly-ness or we can express the Wonder of God.

It is not only our words and actions, that can either draw or push away others to God, it is the expression on our faces.

We have the treasure in our hearts and as Jean Fleming says “radiance should be seeping out between our ears”!

Our countenance should be so radiant with God, that others look at us and say “I want some of that, I want what they’ve got”.

I’m not taking anything away from any other ministry, but I am advocating that we place more importance on The Ministry of Countenance. It’s one ministry that we can take up today, now even, no matter the season of life you find yourself in. It will touch lives and hearts. Perhaps even win them over for Christ. Further the Kingdom work.

We are called to live in a way that glorifies God and in a way that reflects His Glory. Let us take up the Ministry of Countenance today and allow His Glory to shine on others.

Let’s be intentional with our countenance today and every day.

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn