Are you wearing your best face everywhere you go? As Christians, we should learn to put on our best face in front of our co-workers, doctors, pastors, neighbors, friends and spouse. Why? It will encourage others and activate your faith. How many of you feel better when you are smiling and believing the impossible? I am not referring to one of those fake smiles that people can see right through or a mask you have placed around you to make it through the day. I’m talking about our best face which will activate your faith beyond your own imagination into higher revelation of God’s plan.
I just finished two quick videos of totally separate characters facing a reality of extremely difficult situations. One was a boy with no arms or legs and the other was a little girl battling cancer. Both were smiling. I am sure both boy and girl have faced extremely different situations put on their best face but did they know it was FAITH? The boy looked beyond his physical abilities and has accomplished things that many normal 11 year olds have never completed. The little girl’s smile told it all as her father sang a song to overcome her fear of being bald. Both required acts of faith. The father’s smile toward her little girl gave her peace and joy – it activated her faith.
When I worked in the marketplace I made sure my best face was seen by all. As I answered the phone you heard a polite smiling voice on the other end…no matter what kind of day I was having. When I greeted a co-worker or stranger; I put on my best face. I would like to believe it was me being in the world and not of it. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
A doctor’s report may come as a surprise but I’m daring you to put on your best face today. I went to a chiropractor this week and he told me I had arthritis in my neck. I looked straight at him, smiled and said, “I don’t accept that.” Was this a mask or me speaking out in faith? I believe it was me speaking to the world refuting a negative report. I believe Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17)
Walking through the doors of a church does not mean you put your best face down and unload all your worries on your pastor or church friends. This should be the time to encourage and sharpen each other in God’s Word. Speak God’s higher truths into your life and not the negative reports that the enemy wants you to dwell on. I remember a favorite pastor of mine speaking to the congregation with a big smile on his face and said, “How many of you love Jesus today? Cause… I don’t see it – I think you need to inform your face.” This was said with light humor and love but truth. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in this holy place and lift high the name of Jesus with your very best face.
Neighbors see you from a distance but do they see your best face? I grew up as a young girl knowing all the neighbors and they knew me. I believed many of them were my extended family. Need a cup of sugar, go ask Mrs. Sands. Want to earn some money? Go rake the Cowan’s yard. A young family needed a babysitter, they knew they could call me. We even knew their pet’s names. We helped one another. Today, I am sure most of us are cordial and politely wave when a neighbor walks by but how many of us stop for a moment to consider to share the love of Christ. I believe we have lost one of the most important commandments of love and to love your neighbor as yourself to distrust. These are the people who live around you, in your neighborhood, local stores and communities. They should know by your countenance you are a Christian.
Friends and Family normally can discern if your best face is genuine but we still need to activate our faith in front of them. Our closest circles need to see that our faith is not a mask but it is sincere. Sheila is one of my dearest friends and I know my love and faith toward her is sincere. We activate our faith not just by sharing but standing in agreement with one another. I know she is praying for me. I take great strength from my husband telling me, “Robin, rest in the Lord. His face brings peace.” I am a caregiver for my mother-in-law who is 84 years young. It is easy for her to complain and talk about what ails her. However, it is important to continue teaching her to activate her faith, encourage her in the Lord, and put on our best face to bring life to a situation. We must learn how to sharpen each other in the faith. It should be what we are consumed with, fixed on, at all times. Stand firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.(I Peter 5:9-10)
We all have drama, we all have things that beset us but if we fix our eyes on Christ, He will turn our trials and tribulation to joy. Remember to put on your best face each day to show the world the Christ who lives in you. How? The Word of God tells us how:
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26)