Posted on January 5, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
When a missionary to East Asia was learning the local language, their housekeeper listened to the Gospel being translated and conveyed it to her family and neighbors. When the missionaries got to the part about being baptized, the housekeeper invited the missionaries to baptize her household and friends. Before the missionaries had officially “started,” the Holy Spirit was already at work.
While admittedly slugging through the end of Ezekiel and the details of a new Temple, there was a verse that really popped out at me providing instructions to priests who had been in the Holy of Holies:
Before they go out to the outer court, to the people, they must take off the clothes they have been ministering in, leave them in the holy chambers, and dress in other clothes so that they do not transmit holiness to the people through their clothes (44:19 CSB).
Now, I remember Moses wearing a veil to block the holiness of God shining on his face (Ex. 34:29), but not transmitting it to others. In staff meeting when I mentioned this, Jason McKinney said that helped him understand the miracle of Paul’s work cloths causing diseases and evil spirits to come out (Acts 19:12).
In this New Year 2021, would you examine what you are doing and those who are affected by it? Do people actively engage you in Gospel conversations? Is the holiness of God being transmitted through you? If God is moving immigrants to our land so we can engage them with the Gospel, is He also putting people in your path just so you can transmit holiness? I’m not saying you need to place a shop towel on them, but don’t veil God’s glory shining out from your life as a follower of Jesus! As we reach a point of removing our masks safely in public this year, may it symbolize unveiling God’s glory and a mouth speaking unhindered.
-- Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association. He wears a mask in public. His favorite is from the church he attends, Clough Pike Baptist Church, Cincinnati