He is the creator of beauty.
God’s beauty is seen in His creation, multiplied through you and me, smelt through the freshness of spring and the crispness of winter, heard through a beautiful song or the resounding ocean waves, read and studied in the scriptures, manifested in marriage, portrayed through a child being born, alive in the moment of salvation and increased through process of sanctification.
Think about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen… Perhaps a sunset, a mountain peak or a waterfall?
God says that you are MORE beautiful than that! You are the crowned jewel of His creation. But He’s not talking about your hair and skin, He’s talking about your heart and soul.
I have found great comfort and encouragement in this truth throughout the past 8 months as I have watched my belly grow and my skin struggle. Since finding out that we are having a baby girl, I’ve had many people tell me things like: “When you’re pregnant, girls steal your beauty and boys make you glow.”
I cringe every time I hear it… Pregnant moms should feel even more beautiful than they normally do because of the gift and blessing of God’s carrying new life inside of them (Psalm 127:3; 2 Timothy 2:15)!!! But the sad reality of our materialistic, image-driven world has tempted us to disregard God’s definition of beauty.
To all my girls out there (volume up) your beauty is not defined by your physical appearance!!!! If you’ve run in Christian circles (or really any sort of uplifting women encouragement circles,) for any length of time, this is probably not new news to you… and honestly, sometimes I get a little frustrated by the constant, “You are beautiful” slogans, blogs, books and advertisements. I think we need to let the truth of this statement sink in deeper than a quick feel-good reminder that “oh yeah, I’m beautiful, got it.” We need to really dig into who defines our beauty, what defines our beauty, and how we can become even MORE beautiful.
And don’t get me wrong here… There is nothing wrong with wanting to look physically beautiful, but our desire for outward beautify should never surpass our desire for inward beauty.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’” – 1 Samuel 16:7
Who do you let set your standard for beauty?
Your friends? Yourself? Social media? Marketing campaigns? Culture?
All these things have worked together to create an arbitrary definition of beauty. But God’s definition of beauty is resolute.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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
Satan smiles every time you think you need MORE makeup, or need to spend MORE time at the gym, or need to buy MORE expensive clothes, in order to be beautiful. Satan smiles when you spend more time in the morning “beautifying” your bodies than you do beautifying your soul. Satan smiles when you look in the mirror and wish you looked like _______ or see a photo of yourself and instantly want to Photoshop it.
The world we live in is relentlessly saturating our minds with the lie that we are not pretty enough, that no one will ever think we are beautiful, and that we need to change (insert laundry list of things about our bodies) in order to become beautiful. But God says that we should not be conformed by the pattern of this world (Romans 12:2). So to all those lies, and to all his smiles, please join me in saying, “Under my feet Satan!” (Romans 16:12). The Bible says that you are “more than conquerors in Christ” so live like it! (Romans 8:37)
When we invest money, effort, and time into our outward beauty, it may make us seem more beautiful for a time, but this kind of beautifying is ultimately temporal. Our earthly bodies are not immune to growing old and dying. In contrast, our hearts and souls will not wither and fade, they can actually grow more beautiful with age and time.
The Scriptures teach us that inward beauty is true and lasting. Inward beauty cannot be covered up with concealer, or photoshoped to be one size smaller… Inward beauty is eternal. The more we invest in our inward beauty, the more beautiful we will become in the eyes of the Lord. As mamma always said, “It’s God’s eyes that count.”
There will ALWAYS be MORE ways to make yourself outwardly beautiful, and there will ALWAYS be MORE ways to make yourself inwardly beautiful. Just know, you’re choosing between an eternal investment, and an investment with an end date and no payout.
So how do we become more inwardly beautiful?
We become more holy.
While we equate beauty to happiness, God equates beauty to holiness. “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” – Psalm 96:9
The biggest inhibitor to the beauty of holiness is the ugliness of sin. Instead of focusing so much on working out, loosing weight, saving up for that new dress, or trying everythinggggg to clear your skin, focus on becoming inwardly beautiful! Focus on repenting from the sin in your life and refusing to believe the lies of the enemy. Focus on holiness.
God can take your ugly messy insides and make them drop dead gorgeous. He wants to. He can heal the wounds you’re ashamed of and turn them into beautiful scars. As Isaiah 61:3 puts it, “…to give unto them beauty for ashes…”
2 Corinthians 3:18 says,“But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
We can ALWAYS become MORE inwardly beautiful because we can ALWAYS become MORE holy. From glory to glory… more and more. 1 Peter 1:15 instructs us, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do…”
“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” – Psalms 34:5
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” – Proverbs 31:30