There are apps available that allow one to be a little creative or otherwise have some fun by switching faces of people in a picture. Earlier this week one of my Facebook friends posted some pictures where the faces of the folks in the pics had been switched. The same body, but a different face. No doubt it prompted laughs by those doing the switching and those viewing them. One thing this writer observed is that “God did it right!” If you saw the face of one of those that had been changed, likely, you would just run.
The face helps us in the process of identification. For instance, when a crime has been committed, often times law enforcement will show video or pictures as they solicit help from the public to identify the suspect(s) as in the recent bombings in Paris.
Spiritually speaking, our identification is of vital interest. James writes, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was (James 1:23-24 / NKJV). When we are spiritually begotten of the incorruptible seed and born of God (1 Peter 1:23), our identity is to be permanently altered as we begin the life-long process of transformation of glorious inner beauty. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The Bible writers were not giving emphasis to physical beauty and its appeal to the flesh. Rather, James speaks of the self-deceptive individual who remains essentially unchanged after hearing the gracious and powerful Word of God. The Word is designed to affect change. The Word is designed to prompt positive action in its hearers. As we daily keep our eyes fastened on Jesus and allow the Spirit’s message to reign in our hearts our “faces” are being altered in a far greater way than a lady applying her make-up before work in the morning. Our faces are ever changing into a greater glory as we bear the image of Christ more distinctly. Do we bear the likeness of our unregenerate “old man” or the beautiful image of our Savior who gave Himself for us?