The weather outside was absolutely beautiful. It was sunny and warm, but not uncomfortably hot, which led me to take a few moments to capture its beauty and absorb some much needed vitamin D. As I laid outside, basking the son’s glow, I felt the Lord tenderly whisper, “I want you to soak in the Son.”
Have you ever tried to stare at the light on a bright day? (If you haven’t, I do not recommend it!) As I’ve looked towards the sun in the past, my whole face is flooded with light and the warmth of its beauty. But after more than a second or so, this strange thing happens. The effect of looking at the sun actually impacts your eyes, so that everything you look at for the next few minutes looks different. No matter if you look up or down, left or right, you visually see the the effects of its brightness.
After we’ve spent time with the Lord, soaking in His attributes and His character, two things happen. First, we become like Him and are conformed into the image of Christ. As Christians, we are called to be salt and light. In order to be different, we need to continually partake of His nature, His kingdom, and His word. As we behold Him, we are fundamentally changed from the inside out. Paul says it like this:
“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 from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3.18).
After I’ve looked into the sun’s blinding light, something else happens. Its impact on me becomes my primary fixation. Even if I try to think about something else, I find it very difficult, if not impossible. Every situation is overlaid with the sun. Every person I look at, I see through the sun’s effect on me.
As we see and respond to others through the lens of His nature, we become the atmosphere of Christ in the world. Like after Moses came down from the mountain in Exodus 34, I believe that as we behold Jesus, those around us begin to experience us differently. If you’ve ever been to a restaurant and come out with its aroma so embedded in you that others recognize where you’ve been, you know what it means to carry an atmosphere. 2 Corinthians 2.15 calls us “the aroma of Christ.” That means that we are fully authorized, empowered, and encouraged to carry a heavenly aroma into every atmosphere, every conversation, and every action.
I want to be so infused with His nature that it impacts everything that I see and everything that I focus on. Furthermore, I want to impact those around me in such a way that they know I’ve been with Him. This is not something that happens instantaneously. Mostly, Christianity is more of a marinade than a microwave. So, I invite you to come with me today, and commit to “soak in the Son.”