Monday Inspiration 8.4.14

 

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It is definitely a weakness of mine to believe the lie that I am not beautiful. I think that’s just life for a lot of women today. There will always be the ideal beauty: a fuller chest, a thin waist, curvy hips, slender legs, straight white teeth, long wavy tresses of hair, etc etc etc. It is not hard to find fault in your appearance if you are honest. But today I remembered something. I remembered that even Christ himself was not considered “beautiful” by the world’s standards. Don’t believe me?:

 

Isaiah 53

1 Who has believed our message
       and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He (Jesus) grew up before him like a tender shoot,
       and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
       nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3He was despised and rejected by men,
       a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
       Like one from whom men hide their faces
       he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 

 

Wow right? I think when we sing songs or praise Jesus we tend to think about His beauty. Here are just three examples off the top of my head:

“No Other Name” – “His face shines brighter than the Sun”

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus” – “Look full in His wonderful face”

“Oh Lord, You’re beautiful/Your face is all I see”

 

I think because of this we just assume that Christ was stunning to look at. But it clearly says in the Bible he wasn’t anything special to the point where he is compared to someone whom others would hide their faces from. And yet—it does not stop people from loving him. Today, yesterday, forever all of the Earth will one day sing his praises. 

You see? God could create anything. The highest beauty and yet, his own son–Jesus was not visually remarkable. I think this is actually perfect because it shows that physical beauty is not as important as inner beauty. Christ lives inside of us as Christians. Therefore if Christ is beautiful in Spirit he makes me beautiful because he lives in me. Christ also looks at our hearts and if we are generous and loving and all God–honoring things–that is what true beauty is.

So today if there is anything you look in the mirror at and find fault with–just remember you are a child of the King. His beauty exceeds the standards of beauty here on Earth. His face shines brighter than the Sun:

2 Corinthians 3:18 MSG

All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

 

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