A Beautiful Life

How do the people around you know that you follow Christ?

Is it because of the way you love them, have generosity towards them, and encourage them? Because of your grace and forgiveness towards them, and the way that you relentlessly believe in them? Or is it because you just simply tell them?

Read Chapter 8 of 1 Corinthians in your Bible, where Paul is warning the more mature believers to be cautious of the way they live in order to prevent the non-believers and new believers from stumbling. He stresses the importance of not becoming a stumbling block to others, as you are then sinning against Christ. In this chapter, Paul wants us to realize that the way we live as Christians is not only impactful, but crucial in other people’s faith and walk with the Lord.

If you never told anyone that you were a Christian, would they still notice something different about you? Would they wonder how you had peace in the midst of trial or kindness towards those who have hurt you?

Today, aim to get people wondering about you. Shine the light that following Christ has placed inside of you, and watch as people are drawn towards you. As believers, we have been given a great responsibility and influence over our world. Use this influence, and He will use your life as an example of His love. A beautiful life is the sign of a life full of Christ.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

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Everything Beautiful

Let’s be honest for a moment. How many of us focus A LOT, probably too much, on our own beauty? My hand is shooting high into the air right now, ladies, so don’t be ashamed if yours is too. I tend to spend a lot of time zoning in on my appearance and assessing my physical beauty in comparison to other women. We all know this concept to be vain and narcissistic at its very core. Some of us might even deem it a tactic used by the enemy to create self-consumed (and therefore less humble) Christians. But what if I told you that God created beauty with the intention that it would be one of the most important and significant things in our lives? Let’s take a look at the Word and what God has to say about beauty. 🙂

We are going to start in Ecclesiastes 3:11, which says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

Let me reiterate that the Bible says that God, “has made everything beautiful in its time.” Everything. Because we know that He created all things (John 1:3), and all things are for His Glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), we can recognize that He makes all things beautiful according to His will. But what does “in its time” mean? It means that God only does this in His divinely perfect timing, which contrasts greatly to our flawed and human idea of timing.

God will make us beautiful only by His will and for His glory.

So what exactly is beauty, in God’s eyes?

1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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.”

To God, beauty isn’t what we see looking back at us in the mirror, but is rather marked by a spirit of peace, faithfulness and submission. This kind of beauty is eternal, it is unfading, and it is the kind of beauty that the Lord truly values. He looks at a heart that is in full submission to His truth, and sees great worth.

This beauty, this unfading beauty that we are talking about, is not something that you either have or don’t have. This beauty is something that we, as women of God, get to strive towards every day. As we spend our precious time with the King, leaning into His heart for us, we are becoming more beautiful. As we love our families and stretch out willing hands to those who are hurting, we are becoming more beautiful. We will never truly grasp the ideal beauty in this life, for only one human that has walked this earth could and ever can. Spend your time running towards the most beautiful man to have ever lived, and pray that you will be able to grasp just a bit of the beauty of Jesus in this lifetime.

God has made everything beautiful in its time, and when we are in eternity with our loving Father, we will finally be made truly flawless and beautiful.

Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”