Recently I’ve heard several conversations about beauty and what makes someone beautiful. As a people-watcher, I love to see the interactions and hear what people have to say about beauty. So often, though, there are the negative responses that we all know too well – and that we’ve probably all said at one time or another. People feel they aren’t beautiful because of a perceived defect, a dislike about their appearance, the fact that they don’t live up to the latest fashion standards. I’d like to talk about beauty for just a few minutes, and I’d like to share what makes you beautiful – regardless of who you are, what you look like, or what you’ve done.
We all know the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and I’ve even said that while looking at some works of art in our local art museum. It’s hard for me to find beauty in some pieces of art; I don’t understand them and so I write them off as “odd” or “quirky”. But to some people, they are genuine works of beauty.
I think many of us, especially women, feel beautiful when we are wearing the latest fashion, are adorned in beautiful jewelry and have our make-up done just right. That certainly adds to the beauty of our appearance – our outward beauty. So many people certainly look beautiful when they are “put together” and dressed well!
Beauty also comes from within, though. Some of us may be the first to jump in when there’s a problem, or if a friend needs a meal, or if a fellow mom is struggling. Inner beauty – we all know these people, too, and hopefully many of us have not just an outer beauty, but an inner beauty as well.
And, in thinking about beauty, I realize that we often find beauty in child-like innocence. How often do our kids say something and we think about their innocence – how they haven’t been warped by the world’s standards, or the world’s opinions of them – and realize we’re beholding beauty? Innocence can do that – it can remind us of true beauty!
But, really, what makes you beautiful?
All of the beauty I’ve listed above, all of the reasons to call something beautiful, are not what makes you beautiful, though, at least not at the root of it all.
You are beautiful because someone wants you.
Because Someone wants you.
That’s it. Plain and simple. You are beautiful because you are of value, worthwhile, full of great worth, to Someone.
Not only are you of great worth, but that same Someone proved it to the world by dying on the cross.
Maybe you don’t believe that; it’s okay.
The historical evidence does show that a man named Jesus died on a cross, and history confirms what I read in the Bible.
So maybe you don’t believe He died for you, but maybe you can believe the historical perspective that He did die. That’s a start.
And from there, can I ask, ever so humbly, would it hurt to believe He died for you? Would you stand to lose anything by believing He died for you?
Something for you to ponder, maybe.
Jesus died – for nothing that He did, but for everything that we would do – for all the wrong that we would add to this world.
He died for us before He even created us.
Read that again, if you would… He died for us before He even created us.
In fact, even though we sin, He still loves us. This is such a well-known verse, but sometimes those are the easiest to cling to as they stick in our minds and hearts –
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I’m going to admit a little bit of selfishness, of my humanness here – I wouldn’t die for too many people in my life. Anyone else feeling the same way?
However, if I were to give up my life for someone, I would have the security of knowing that I would be in heaven with God.
Why? Because I was wanted; I was bought with a price; I was chosen.
Say those words – out loud:
I was WANTED.
I was BOUGHT WITH A PRICE.
I was CHOSEN.
I AM BEAUTIFUL.
Friends, who you are, and what you do can make you attractive, pleasing to look at, pleasant to be around.
But you are already a work of art, crafted by the Master who not only creates, but also restores and renews our lives to transform us more and more to His image.
No matter where you are today, you are already beautiful. Leading a life submitted to Jesus’ authority will polish off the rough edges, and help you to shine more as the beautiful work of art He created you to be.
He wants you – so much so that He died to give you the opportunity to remain His prized possession, His beautiful masterpiece.
Whatever you are wearing today – you are beautiful!
Maybe you’re a mom in sloppy old clothes, cleaning the house – you are beautiful!
Maybe you’re a teenager traveling through rough waters, wondering how “us old people” might possibly have a clue about fashion or about your life – you are beautiful!
Maybe you’re doing the whole parenting thing on your own and you haven’t slept and are still in pajamas – you are beautiful!
Maybe you are wearing clothes that are unfamiliar to me because you come from a different culture and live in a different region of the world – you are beautiful!
Perhaps you are praying for clothes that fit because finances are a mess – you are beautiful!
Or possibly your wardrobe is full to overflowing with all the best – you are beautiful!
Maybe you’ve traded your clothes for an outfit from the place you currently have to be because of the wrong you’ve done – you are beautiful!
It’s not our looks, it’s not our status, it’s not who we are or what we’ve done.
It’s ONLY Jesus. It’s ALL grace.
Whatever you look like today, you are LOVED, you are WANTED, you are CHOSEN, and you are BEAUTIFUL!
Father, I pray that you would take these words that you’ve given me in my quiet time today, and place them so gently into the heart of someone who needs them, just as I did. May we remember that our words and actions can add to the beauty you’ve already created in our lives and because of our lives.
In Jesus’ name , Amen.
And in case you are ready to make the choice to believe in Jesus – even just to try to believe – would you lean in close and pray this prayer with me?
Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that you have created me, and that you know all my shortcomings and all my wrongs, and that you love me anyway. Would you fill my heart with your Spirit, be the Lord of my life, and guide me in your steps? Please forgive my sin, please make me whole. Help me to know and understand you, and to love you more each day.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer – those words in italics – would you let me know? Leave a comment here, or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or find me on Facebook and let me know.
Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever life has for you today, YOU are beautiful!
Because it’s not who you are, what you wear, the place you live, or the things you do that make you beautiful.
What makes you beautiful? The fact that Someone – Jesus – already created you, already paid the price for you, and already made a way for you to be in Heaven for eternity.