Beautiful Beyond Skin Deep
I am easily distracted by my insecurities and I constantly ask God why he created me this way. I find it difficult to focus on my true desired purpose with all the distractions I face each day. I spend more time trying to aspire and enhance myself by wearing pretty clothing and stressing if I combed my hair correctly (as if there is a correct way to comb hair).
Recently I am learning that through Christ I am truly beautiful and my purpose is to become a better, stronger, influential godly woman.
God wants us to strive to be beautiful women—through Him and by His love.
This can be a daunting task because society focuses only on how we look, but we have a guideline for being beautiful in the eyes of God.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of fine gold jewelry and fine clothes. (1 Peter 3:3 NIV)
This very verse contradicts what I have been taught by society. From a young age girls are taught to look a certain way. We are told to comb our hair and not to mess it up, and we’re told not to get our clothing dirty, and that wearing makeup will make us more beautiful.
However, this is not what God’s Word teaches us. Now don’t get me wrong, the Word of God is not saying to walk around as unkempt women, but our focus should not be on how perfect we apply our makeup, or whether our clothing are in style.
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 3:4 NIV)
God does care about how beautiful we are, He wants us to aspire Christ-like characteristics; a gentle and quiet spirit. Therefore, when people see us they will immediately identify the God in whom we live for.
Christian women have the best role models in history when it comes to beauty. The Old Testament women, who were by no means perfect, strive to live their lives focused on God and His Ministry.
For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. (1 Peter 3:5 NIV)
To name a few, Ruth was a woman who trusted in a God whom she had no previous personal relationship with. Yet because of the example set by her mother-in-law, Naomi, Ruth was able to leave everything behind to and travel to a new land to assist Naomi. Another inspirational woman was Rahab, who was neither perfect nor beautiful in the eyes of her community; after all she was a prostitute.
But God ordained for Rahab’s beauty to be displayed while risking her own life to save the Hebrew spies.
Similarly to Rahab, there was Esther, who was chosen to be queen. Esther took upon herself the responsibility to fast and pray to God on behalf of her Jewish people, who lives were endangered. However because of Esther’s trust in God, He granted her favor and increased her strength.
These kingdom women were beautiful in God’s sight because of their loyalty, faithfulness and love for God. Their decision to honor God changed the course of history all together.
Let us vow as women to strive for a beauty which lies beyond skin deep, a beauty that can only blossom through a relationship with Christ.
Encourage yourself by praying, ‘Lord please assist me in shifting my focus from the beauty society teaches, to a beauty which reflects Your love. I aspire to attain a beauty of loving others before myself and trusting God in the midst of all my adversities’.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)