Beauty is somewhat of a touchy subject these days. In the fashion movement there was such an immense push for women to be seen as perfect; which I don’t know if you’ve looked around recently, but sadly none of us are. So this caused a whirlwind of self-focus and an overemphasis on self-esteem. Thankfully now society has started to welcome and enjoy different types of beauty; saying that everyone is beautiful and no one needs to change anything. Which I think is true, but I believe it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. I believe the problem is the over-emphasis of self, and I believe as Christians we have the answer to this problem. This quote from Lucille Ball is a great reminder of the selfishness of this world, “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
The Bible tells us the opposite of what the world is telling us right now; it tells us who we are and who our God is. As Christian’s our only mission is to glorify God and to humble ourselves before Him. I’ve fallen into this trap many times. I’ve looked at my friends or influential bloggers and thought to myself, “wow, they have a perfect life.” But this thinking can easily lead to idolatry of that person. Asaph, the writer of the 73rd Psalm, had this same problem. In this chapter, he looks to the ungodly. He sees their riches and their beauty and becomes jealous. It’s so easy for me to fall into the horizontal perspective. I look to everyone else around me when I should actually be looking vertically to my heavenly father. This Psalm is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible because of the reminder it gives us.
“For I have been stricken all day long and chastened every morning. If I had said, ‘I will speak thus,’ behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children. When I pondered to understand this, it was troublesome in my sight until I came into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end.” 1
Asaph’s perspective was short-sighted. Many times my perspective is the same way. If my mind isn’t immersed in the scriptures I am wandering. Colossians 3:2 commands us, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Asaph was reminded of the same thing. He came to the sanctuary of God and was reminded. We too must do the same thing. An eternal perspective must be our focus while we are on this materialistic world.
Peter speaks to us about beauty in 1 Peter 3:3-4, “Your adornment must not be merely external…but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit.” The Bible doesn’t tell us that we can never be beautiful or that beauty is a sin, it tells us something much greater.
The Bible tells us that our beauty as Christians will never fade. We will be forever beautiful, no matter what our outward appearance looks like. How refreshing is that!! No face mask or blemish will make us look any better or worse in God’s sight. The beauty that us women should be cultivating is on the inside. A gentle quiet spirit is of great value in the lives of Christian women. If your wrestling with a quiet spirit read my post here about submission. Our imperishable beauty will shine through our actions and words. So lets as women make it our mission to cultivate the beauty that really matters in this life. Our flesh may fail, but through God’s love, we can be forever beautiful.
We are a new creature in Christ. Thank the Lord for this blessing. We no longer have to compare ourselves to others. Our worth in this world is found in our merciful creator who gave His life up for us that we might come to know Him. You are endlessly loved by your heavenly father. Praise the Lord!
Redeemed by the King