Heaven's Beauty Secrets
“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
I was at the gym last night and there are mirrors everywhere and like it or not you have to see yourself as you work out and I couldn’t help but notice that the older I get the more aged my skin becomes. It’s the natural process of aging and though we cant stop it completely as there is no such thing as the fountain of youth, we can do many things to slow the aging process. Are you aware that the number one factor to aging skin is stress? Statistics tell us that for every four years a president of the United States serves in public office he ages ten years. That means a two term president has taken roughly twelve years off his or her life by serving for just eight years. Stress isn’t just ugly, it kills.
There is good news today as God offers us a beauty secret, a day spa experience that is ours simply by spending time in His presence. I’m serious. Its as if God offers us a spiritual facial when we spend time with Him. Psalm 96:6 spells it out pretty clear, “Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” In other words, spending time in the presence of God can actually affect the way you look and feel. More relaxed, more at ease, peaceful and joyful.
You can spend a lot of time looking for cosmetics that cover the blemishes or you spend time with the Lord and worshipping Him exposing the peace and natural beauty of God that comes from within you. Cosmetologists tell us that H2O, water, is actually the best thing for our complexion as it removes the dirt that blocks our pours and allows the natural glow of our skins pigmentation to shine through. Psalm 51:7 reminds us of the benefit of coming to God for the forgiveness of our sins. King David pens these words after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and then repented and asked the Lord, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter then snow.” 1 John 1:9 reminds us as well, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God wants us to experience His refreshing presence. He wants our faces to shine!
Celebrating Mother’s Day this past weekend reminded me once again that true beauty is an inside out job not the other way around. Proverbs 31:30 makes it clear on this point, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” The most beautiful women in the world are those who have discovered the beauty secrets of heaven and who spend time waiting on and worshipping the Lord. No wonder the psalmist penned the words, “One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).
There is no question that worshipping Jesus has benefits. Just read Psalm 103:2, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits”. Coming to church for some is like going to a day spa, in that the presence of God is both cleansing and refreshing. A good sermon seeks out those spiritual knots deep within us and just like a great massage can make you sore for the moment as those tension knots deep within us are discovered and then rubbed out, God’s Word works in the same way. It’s a proven medical, scientific statistical fact that those who have a genuine faith and practice it, live longer more satisfying lives with a deeper sense of peace and purpose than those who don’t.
All the more reason to let the Word of God dwell in you richly today, allowing it to go deep into your soul and work out all the kinks. Find true and lasting forgiveness in Christ that replaces the shame and the guilt with peace and freedom. True beauty really is an inside out job. Let God in and watch the transformation He brings out in you. And the best news of all, no appointment is necessary!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
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