With Unveiled Face || Keith Burt
We here at HCMS are proud to introduce a guest post by a person very dear to my life. Keith Burt goes to my home church, ClearView Church, and is a man I had the opportunity to learn from this summer and get to know as we talked about new ministry in the church. Keith just finished his seminary degree and decided to publish a book titled "With Unveiled Face." All royalties of the book go to a building fund for ClearView to build and operate their first building. Keith is an honest man of God and I pray the message of this post and his book reaches you in the way God wants to reach you. The book can be found all over the web but ClearView financially benefits the most from following the links on www.withunveiledface.com, directly from WestBow Press by clicking
—Tyler Hendricks @TylerHCMS
I'd like to begin with a heartfelt thank you to Tyler and Kasey for their gracious invitation to appear on this blog. As the apostle Paul said, "…And fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ” (2 Corinthians 8:23, NASB). I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to introduce your readers to my recently released book, With Unveiled Face.
Perhaps the best way to accomplish that introduction comes from the book itself:
"My walk with Christ began in 1997 when my world forever changed. It was a year of cataclysmic revealing that the world's way just simply did not work for me. As I look back upon that tumultuous year I realize that God, my Heavenly Father, had placed me in 'timeout.' Father God had simply had enough of my shenanigans and He embarked upon some course corrections for me. In the autumn of that year, three life altering events occurred. First, I began a systematic daily study of God's word. Second, I was roped into serving as an Awana Cubbies leader. And third, I attended Promise Keepers Stand in the Gap on Washington Mall.
"... Early on, I found it useful to write down what God was teaching me that day through His word. Ever since, I have been scrawling notes, thoughts, and prayers. I found that the act of writing helped me to focus my attention on God's teaching. I also found that writing down my confessed sins made them real and put them out there for God to deal with me over. I found it incredibly difficult to deny a sin once I wrote it down."
Beginning about mid-2009, I began to post on Facebook the daily scripture verse God had called to my attention during that morning's quiet time. I truly believe that God speaks to us through His living word in the Bible and that this intimate communication is both personal and practical. Along with the posted verse I would share what I believe to be God's practical application of the verse to my life. At the same time, I maintained an archive of these writings. During the subsequent two and a half years, a fairly significant volume of written material began to amass, but I had no idea what God had in store or why I was keeping them.
The idea to accumulate these daily devotionals into a book began to take shape in early 2013 after I graduated from seminary. Unbeknownst to me the same idea was given to my dear friend Jessica Colvin but Jessica's idea of publishing a devotional as a fund raising project for ClearView Church was the God-sized work upon which He was about to embark. Early on Jessica and I agreed that all the book royalties would go to ClearView Church’s building fund.
With Unveiled Face gets its name from 2 Corinthians 3:18. The Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul wrote, "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” (NASB).
The thing that excited me the most about this particular verse is the two-edged application around “unveiled face.” While Paul explained that Moses would always remove the veil when he went into the tabernacle and the presence of God, Moses would replace the veil upon exiting the tabernacle for two reasons. First, the children of Israel could not bear to look upon Moses’ shining face. Second, Moses did not wish for anyone to see that the shine was fading. Paul goes on to explain that now believers in Christ have a glory that does not fade with the exhortation that our lives should glorify Christ as we live out Christ in front of an unbelieving world. But I ask myself, do I truly unveil myself before God? When I come into God's presence am I real? When the Holy Spirit deals with me over sin in my life do I humbly accept His conviction of me? The second part of the self-examination involves questioning do I truly live out my love for Jesus Christ before the world or is my Christian life veiled?
Additionally, this verse unquestionably ties to Romans 12:2 and the transformational work of the Holy Spirit forming us into the likeness of Jesus. Again I ask myself whether or not I am truly participating actively with the ministry of the Holy Spirit or does He have to drag me kicking and screaming into the Kingdom of God? The apostle Paul wrote, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10, NASB). For me, what will I say when I gaze into the eyes of Jesus my King when He asks me what I did with the eternal life that He gave me? This is a question that no other person can answer for us but perhaps With Unveiled Face, by allowing readers to participate in my own self-questioning, will be beneficial. My prayer is and will continue to be that it will.