Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4
It’s New Year’s Day, and even with the promise of a brand new year ahead, I’m a little bit sad. This is the day we take down the Christmas tree, and all the other festive decorations that adorned our house during December. I guess it makes me sad because without all the glittering lights, evergreen boughs and bright poinsettias, my house looks a little bit bare.
Why do we prefer the adorned, the dressed up, the embellished? We want our homes, our yards, even ourselves to look better. We want rosy cheeks, shiny lips and sparkling earlobes. Why? Because we’re most concerned with our outward appearance. Some people-even whole denominations-have tried to make this verse say that women shouldn’t wear cosmetics, jewelry, or attractive clothing. I think they’re missing God’s point entirely!
God is not saying we should never wear jewelry or pretty clothes. But He is saying that we should give more attention to the kind of beauty that matters to Him. 1 Samuel 16:7 says “….The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. “ (NLT) He is much more interested in our true beauty, the fruit of His Spirit in us.
How much time do you spend on your real beauty regimen? Do you keep your manicure appointment, and forget your daily time with Him? Do you spend hours each week cleaning your house, and forget to serve at His house? God isn’t asking you to let your hair go gray, or to give up chasing dust bunnies. But He is asking you and me to make the pursuit of inward beauty an important part of our days.
How would 2009 be different in our homes, our jobs, and our relationships if we spent more time cultivating real beauty? Would our homes be more nurturing and peaceful? Would our prayer time be a joy instead of a chore? Would people see the beauty of Christ in us? I daresay all of these things are possible as we make real beauty a priority this year.
Prayer for Today: Father, help me to take time each day for my appointment with You. Help me to grow in true beauty in 2009 as I read Your word, pray, and serve others. May those around me be drawn to You by the beauty of Christ in me. In His Name I pray, Amen.