The Essence of Beauty

~   Sometimes I find eyesight can be quite the stumbling block for our weak sin natures. It creates shallow emotions and quick judgments. It creates arrogance and insecurities. Infatuation and dislike. Love and hate.

“…He hath neither form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him; there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

~   Yet God gave us this precious gift of vision to marvel in His creation. To stare at a baby with awe at the miracle of life and fall in love with their innocence. To look into the eyes of those we love and see acceptance and adoration. To be mesmerized by the ocean and its power as the waves role in.  To get lost in the majesty of a sunset.

~   We fail when we let this gift guide our fickle hearts. We see things that are appealing to us… big houses, nice cars, expensive clothes. For girls it may be a well dressed guy with strong arms and a tall frame and we call this handsome. For guys it may be a thin girl with perfect makeup and a killer smile and we call this beautiful. When did we start letting our eyes dictate beauty? Or maybe a better question is, why do we, as children of God, fail to see what beauty is?

“…He hath neither form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him; there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

~   Jesus is beauty. He is perfection in every possible way we could ever imagine. Yet we are told that there was no beauty that we should desire Him. Wouldn’t you assume that when God’s Son came to walk this earth with us He would have made Himself physically appealing? After all, it matters, right? We spend hours perfecting ourselves physically in hopes of being seen as beautiful and the one guy who can actually choose His own skin decides to be unappealing. How odd. That can’t be right at all. He should know how important it is.

“…He hath neither form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him; there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

~   In the Old Testament, the children of God could not go into the Holy of Holies because of their impurity and sinfulness. They could not look upon the face of God and live. Their High Priest had to go on their behalf and make intercession for them. God, in all His glory and perfection, gave up this right, made Himself flesh and came to live with us. The picture of humility… beauty.

~   The world rewards beauty by giving those who are deemed worthy power and entitlement. Jesus, the very essence of beauty, gave up His title and became humble.

~   I sincerely wish we lived in a world where we viewed beauty through the eyes of Jesus. I wish we lived in a world where girls were more concerned with proclaiming the name of the Lord over proclaiming themselves in an effort to make themselves feel beautiful and worthy. Just as I wish men were more concerned with finding a girl who proclaims the name of the Lord over finding one submerged in their own vanity.

~   In Ezekiel 16, the Lord is talking about Jerusalem as His unfaithful wife. He wants Ezekiel to remind Jerusalem of who made her beautiful. “I helped you thrive like a plant in the field. You grew up and you became a beautiful jewel… Your fame soon spread throughout the world because of your beauty. I dressed you in my splendor and perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign Lord.” We are beautiful because He perfects us and makes us so. No other beauty but Christ in us will ever make us worthy. We can look around at others and compare our hair, body, looks, smile, whatever. It all means absolutely nothing without actual Beauty.

“…He hath neither form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him; there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

~   One of my deepest desires is that when people see me, they see Christ’s Beauty. I want them to see His compassion in how I approach others lives, His grace when I am wronged, His forgiveness when I have been wounded, and His peace when the world is crashing down around me. I want His character and beauty to be so evident in my life that it overwhelms the people around me and draws them to the foot of the cross. What other purpose do I have, than to proclaim the beauty of Christ with my life?

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4

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