The truth about beauty.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

We long to be beautiful, don’t we?

There is nothing wrong in looking your best, but you can try in vain to make your beauty in your face, hair, and body….or you can come sit at the feet of the Author of beauty.

We all know people who are so very beautiful on the outside. However, that is where all of their beauty lies. Because their heart is ugly, mean, and empty. How does that change their outward beauty in your eyes?

There is nothing more beautiful than a girl who is in love with Jesus, and lets His beauty shine in her life. Jesus is so beautiful, and I have never seen His face. Everything that He is. Everything He has done for us. Every single promise. Girls, we have the opportunity to embrace this beauty, and broadcast it to the world.

Think of a small clay pot filled with dirt. There is nothing beautiful about looking at a pot of dirt. Even if that dirt has a tiny seed inside, we can not see it. It is hidden. However, when that seed is watered, and given sunlight, and cultivated, and given attention, a small plant will begin to grow. The more attention we give this little seed the larger and more beautiful the plant will grow, and soon, this pot of dirt becomes something else to look at. Something special. Something beautiful.

We, in and of ourselves, are nothing special to look at. Who wants to look at simply a pot of dirt? However, when we have Jesus, we have something pretty special. We have something to cultivate– a beauty that is not our own. The more attention we give to Him, the more we can grow something of value inside of us. And soon, the people that look at us will no longer focus on a pot of dirt. In fact, the pot of dirt may go completely unnoticed, but not the flower. Jesus will become beauty inside of us. True, loving beauty from its very Author.

I want my life to showcase, not my own small cup of dirt, but beautiful Jesus who lives inside of me. He is the one who needs to shine the brightest. He is the one who really needs to be seen. Fear the Lord. Stay close to His side.

“A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties. She will wait for the Lord. She will hope in God. She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in his promises. The prospect of departing into the way of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.” -John Piper

We have no worth apart from Him.  The world says “You have to love yourself before you can love others.” But, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39

The secret of life is NOT to fall in love with yourself. I don’t think we have much of a problem putting ourselves first. The secret is to fall in love with Jesus. Let His love fill your heart, and then we can put others needs first and love them like Jesus did. This is the secret to having a beautiful heart. Only when He is our everything can His beauty be a trademark of our lives.

“Any human beauty, any human value that we might find within ourselves is just a filthy rag compared to the limitless beauty and glory of Jesus Christ. Christ’s beauty is perfect.  And, in spite of what we deserve, He desires to adorn us with His spectacular glory.  It is not our unique beauty that must shine for this world to see.  It is not our own beauty that we must discover and embrace – it is His. True beauty is the natural byproduct of a young woman who has emptied herself, given up her own life, and allowed God’s Spirit complete access to every dimension of her inner and outer life.” -Leslie Ludy

So, guess what. We are special because of Jesus. He IS beauty inside of us. Without Him, we would be just as lost as anyone else. Why would we not cling to Him? Why would we not cultivate the only thing that sets us apart from the world? Our relationship with Jesus. Anything we could muster up of ourselves that is “good” is really filthy rags in the eyes of God. (Isaiah 64:6) And will long fade away in the eyes of the world as well.  Leslie Ludy also said, “If we rely on something that we possess to make us beautiful, we cannot receive the transforming beauty of Jesus Christ. Discovering true feminine beauty is exchanging all that we are for all that He is.”

Charles Spurgeon said, “If a soul has any beauty, it is because Christ has endowed that soul with His own, for in ourselves we are deformed and defiled!  There is no beauty in any of us but what our Lord has worked in us.”

Girls, we desperately need to realize the value of true beauty. The world desperately needs to see Christ, and we have a desperately important role to showcase to the world, not our own beauty, but His!

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