But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
What is true beauty?Is it perfect makeup, a cute outfit, well
styled hair?Or, is it something more
radiantly life changing?
As we grow in the amazing journey of
knowing and loving Jesus and His Truth, our perspective of what is truly
beautiful is transformed.The more
we experience His heart and He changes our hearts through His Truth, the more
we will begin to see as God sees, value what He values, and desire to live our
lives in line with longing to be beautiful to Him out of love for Him!
Seeing beauty from God’s perspective is like holding a finely cut diamond close
to the light and watching the radiant lights that sparkle everywhere.It is
a beauty that is deep, fulfilling, life-giving, radiant, and eternally
glorifies God.This is the beauty we
want to pursue.
Beauty in its truest form is Jesus ~
His heart, His character, His Spirit.We
could talk for hours about His love, purity, holiness, radiance, strength… and
the list goes on.This beauty far
surpasses anything merely external.It is a beauty that transforms.
As a result, beauty in its truest form
in us as humans is Jesus Christ filling and radiating from our lives!The more our lives are emptied of us and
filled with Jesus, the more we will be truly beautiful with the radiance of His
life shining from us!This is a beauty that, as a result, fulfills
us, blesses others, and glorifies the Lord.
Fulfills you – by you being filled with and fulfilled by Jesus. (Psalm 107:9) ~ Blesses others – by Jesus living
through your life and touching others in a way that forever changes their lives,
as only He can. (2 Cor. 4:7) ~ Glorifies the Lord – by showing in
your life how good and beautiful He is and others being drawn to worship Him. (Matt. 5:16)
This is the beauty we were created to experience and radiate!
who looktohimareradiant, and their faces
shall never be ashamed.”Psalm
We live in a world that promotes external beauty – but, if you think of it, it
has nothing else to hope for than this life!When you know Jesus, understand
His ways, and have the hope of eternity in Heaven, it changes everything!The beauty He calls us to is so much deeper -
beginning at the heart and shining out!External beauty in and of itself does not last, is shallow, and is unfulfilling.While it is important for your external
appearance to be a beautiful reflection of Jesus and your heart (allowing the
cover to match the contents), our
priority and value should be where God has it - on the inside.“For
the Lord sees not as man sees: manlooks on the outward appearance, but
on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
It is a beauty of Jesus in the soul that
is eternal and impacts every area of our lives.It is being a young woman who knows and radiates Jesus in a beautiful way
that has a lasting impact on everyone she touches.Let’s
pursue beauty in His eyes!
A powerful passage on this is 1Peter
not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of
gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your
adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a
gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.”
Let’s focus on a few parts of these
verses: ~ “adorning”
– Where are you placing your emphasis,
hope, and value?Is it on the external
or the internal? What consumes your thoughts, time, or priorities?Is it Jesus and His life in you, or is it yourself
and making sure that you have the perfect outfit or makeup? Proverbs 11:22 is a helpful reminder, “Like a gold ring in a
pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.”One thing that can be helpful is timing
yourself and seek to be spending more time focusing on the inner “adorning” (time
with the Lord, prayer, reading the Bible, journaling, etc.) than you do on the
outside (hair, makeup, clothes, etc.).Let’s let Jesus help us place our emphasis on what really matters – His
life in us!
~ “imperishable beauty” – This is
talking about a beauty that doesn’t fade with age, but lasts forever.Think
of yourself 50 or 60 years from now. J (Quite the
thought, isn’t it?)We will look a lot
different.Then - what will matter more where you put your emphasis - on the inside or
outside?How about when you are standing
in front of Jesus at the end of your life?Visiting nursing homes is so inspiring to me – here we see a picture of
what imperishable beauty is.Those who
have made their walk with the Lord a priority shine beautifully and His life in
them continues to have a lasting impact others, even when their bodies are
fading.Let’s invest our lives in what will make a transforming difference now,
and will last forever!
~ “meek and quiet spirit” – A meek and a quiet spirit are only possible
when it is the life of Jesus living, working, and flowing through us.We cannot manufacture, fake, or “paint on”
this spirit.It is only the result
of Jesus within us – of time with Him in prayer, reading His Word, and allowing
Him to work in our hearts.It then flows
from us like a beautiful fragrance flows from a flower.Let’s stay dependant on Jesus and allow Him
to work in us to make this a reality in our lives!
~ “very precious in the sight of God”– This
is, above all else, why we want to pursue this inner beauty of Jesus within us
– because it is pleasing and precious in the sight of the One we love!What is valuable to Him is what really
matters.Let’s live for what is very precious to the One Who is our life, out of
love for Him!
Having our hope in Jesus, valuing what He
values, pursuing being filled with Him, and His life flowing from us results in
a lasting beauty that is precious to God.
How can we specifically cultivate this
true beauty, by the grace of God at work in us?
This true beauty is cultivated in ways
~ Knowing Jesus and being filled with
Him – This comes through salvation and a personal relationship with Him.It is the Lord that creates this
beauty in us, first through our redemption and then through working in us to
transform us into His likeness.
I want to make a very important reality very clear – there is a difference between justification and sanctification: - Justification– [a 1-time event] - When you trust Jesus to save you from your
sins and surrender your life to Him at salvation, Jesus saves you and you are
eternally justified, so that when God looks at you, He sees Jesus. This makes you beautiful to Him!There is
nothing that you can do to earn God’s favor or justification in your own
strength.Jesus has done that for you.As a result, you are already saved and you
already have God’s favor through Jesus’ work for you on the Cross – nothing can
ever change that. - Sanctification– [an ongoing process] – Once you are saved (justified), God desires
to sanctify you – conforming you to the image of Jesus – for His glory and your
good.The more He empties us of our
selves and fills us with Jesus, the more He can shine from our lives for His
glory! So, rest in Jesus’ justifying work for
you, and allow this to compel you to seek to fully allow Him to do His
sanctifying work in you!As we walk
with Him and He does His sanctifying work in us, He will increasingly shine
from our lives!
~ His Word – The Word of God (the Bible) is His way to let us know who He is, for
Him to speak His Truth to us, and for Him to work in us.It is the “guidebook” to what He says is true
beauty and what He calls us to.It changes your life as you read what He
says and the Holy Spirit applies it to your heart.As we are daily in the Bible, reading it,
memorizing it, and thinking about it through the day and seeking the Lord’s
help to apply it to our daily life, the Lord will work and change our hearts. As we look to Jesus and the Word, we see
that JESUS is our final example of what we should desire to be!Even humans through whom He shines
beautifully, come short of all that He is and calls us to be!Keep Jesus and His Word before you as your
example of true beauty.
~ Surrender to Him – It is so key to
walk in yielded softness of heart to His work in us and obedience to His
direction, as the One in charge of our life.Radical transformation takes
place as we obey out of love for Him, instead of out of duty.It is allowing our heart to be like soft
clay in the hands of a potter.As the Lord works in you through the joys
and trials of life, He is able to sanctify you, empty you of yourself and fill
you with Himself, shape you, and do what He wants in you.This is sometimes painful to our flesh.But, it
is an issue of choosing your pain – the initial pain of being emptied of and
dying to self, but then experiencing the joy of Jesus’ life filling and
radiating from you, OR the pain of staying right where you are and missing all
that Jesus had for you!
It is a life of this – day by day,
moment by moment – looking to and loving Him, learning from His Word and
valuing what He values, letting Him work in you and fill you, and allowing Him
to flow through you to touch others for His glory!
As this takes place in your life, watch
how He will increasingly fill you with His satisfying life that shines from you
in beautiful ways and has a lasting impact!This is the beauty to which He is calling us!
May we all pursue the beauty of Jesus
that we were created to be filled with and radiate!
“Charm is deceitful, and
beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”Proverbs 31:30
What is true beauty? Is it perfect makeup, a cute outfit,
well styled hair? Or, is it something more radiantly life changing? As we grow
in the amazing journey of knowing and loving Jesus and His Truth, our
perspective of what is truly beautiful is transformed... The beauty He calls us
to is so much deeper - beginning at the heart and shining out! ...It is a
beauty of Jesus in the soul that is eternal and impacts every area of our
lives. It is being a young woman who knows and radiates Jesus in a beautiful
way that has a lasting impact on everyone she touches. We are so excited to
look together in this session at the incredible beauty that the Lord calls us
to embrace - A beauty that results in glorifying Him, satisfying us, and
blessing others! Will you join us?
Please visit our website lovingthelordministries.org for handouts for this session! “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting
on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the
hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet
spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4