Read: Acts 6:9-15
All of us have the habit of looking in a mirror. When you look in a mirror, what do you see? Do you see a lovely reflection? A beautiful face? Or do you see a plain or unattractive countenance? We want to give a very attractive look to others who see us. But what about the beauty of holiness? Are others blessed by the beauty of Christ that flows through us?
J. B. Lightfoot, a renowned Bible scholar of the 19th century, was described by one of his students as “startlingly ugly: a stout little man with a grotesque figure and a squint.” But that same student also said that Lightfoot was “the best man I have ever encountered, and I say this deliberately after the experience of many years. In a day or two, …his face appeared the most beautiful and lovable thing imaginable.”
In Acts 6:10, when Stephen was brought before the Jewish council for questioning, the Bible says, “they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.” As he was being accused, they “saw his face as the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). God’s transforming grace can produce the glorious beauty in our lives. As we walk in the Spirit, we will increasingly reflect the beauty of Jesus.