More Like Jesus

Read Acts 6:15   “And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”

Read Ecclesiastes 8:1   “Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.”

Read Acts 4:13  “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

What does it mean that Stephen’s face “was like the face of an angel?” It’s a very unusual expression and one commentary scholar insinuated that likely even the writer of Acts, Luke didn’t really know what this meant. Perhaps it is a recognition on the part of the council members, people who had veils covering their understanding of the things of God, because they were too wrapped up in legalism and the world? Paul tells us in Second Corinthians chapter three, that their hearts are hardened and a veil lies over their heart so that they do not understand. But when a person turns to Jesus the veil is removed. Perhaps this was a tiny crack enabling these council members to see the truth. Only God knows if that crack was used in the future to change any of their hearts. But we do know that they saw Stephen in a completely different light for a very short moment. This is an important fact for us to know, which is why it is included in Stephen’s story. 

Why was Stephen’s countenance so different from the others? We can go back to Acts 3:3, 8 to know the answer…
“...full of the Spirit and of wisdom…” “And Stephen, full of grace and power…” 
Stephen had spent time in the presence of Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to be biblical scholars or pastors to share the Good News about Jesus. Even uneducated, uncommon people like us, after having spent time in the presence of Jesus, will be filled with grace, power and the words to share in order to change the lives of those around us. All we need is Jesus. 

Set aside time every day to be in the presence of Jesus. Put in on your calendar, make an appointment and be committed to keep it. 

Know that this transformation to be more and more like Jesus happens in slow steps of intentionality. Pray today and ask God to help you be patient and consistent in allowing Him to transform you from the inside out so that others will see Jesus in you.