Sadly, the world seems to appreciate only outward beauty. A beautiful woman outwardly, is sometimes noted in the Old Testament, so it's not like this beauty is bad. However, we know that there needs to be more than that. And what about those of us who are not beautiful, or handsome outwardly? But the point here is that we look at beauty too superficially.
"Beauty is more than skin deep." It's not a trite saying that one can be homely (ugly) on the outside, and yet be a beautiful person. Beauty denotes something that attracts others. And wins others over. We find it in one's character. In their love expressed through their manner and actions.
Real beauty is found in the one who came. Who became one of us. Of whom it is written:
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,But we read on in that passage and find a beauty which will never allow us to see things in the same way, ever again. A beauty that in grace draws us. A beauty that can change us forever.
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
Our goal in Jesus is to become like him. As we're drawn to, and behold his beauty and glory, we're changed from glory to glory into his resemblance. We can more and more take on the image of our Lord, as we continue to gaze on his beauty.
We're all tempted to see beauty superficially. To buy into the world's standard of beauty. But we in Jesus have something far better. We have a beauty that will last forever. And needs to be in every nook and cranny of our lives. At home, in our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our church gatherings and fellowships, wherever God is calling us in the world.
Begin to look at Jesus. Study his life in the gospels. Let's ask God to reveal him to us. We together are to become more and more like him. That the world would see his beauty in us. And be drawn to him.
What does beauty look like to you? Or what thoughts would you like to share here?