Beauty

element5-digital-611467-unsplashI do not know what Heaven will look like. When I lay my eyes on Jesus I don’t know what He will look like. I know nothing of what He looked like when He was here, but I do know that Isaiah wrote this about Him.

There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. (Isaiah 53.2 NLT)

Mary Magdelene always seems to be depicted as a very attractive woman in film. Mel Gibson’s casting of Monica Bellucci shows us who Gibson thought she looked like. He has no way of knowing, but he took creative license in casting her in that role.

The law of attraction is part of our reality, but we also know that God looks upon the heart. Looking away because someone is attractive is not spiritual. I can only imagine what beauty Adam beheld in the Garden of Eden when his eyes rested on Eve. Physical attraction was given to us by God, and until we can view it with the purity our Father sees it we will be tainted by the evil Satan brought for our eyes, minds and hearts. May God save us.

I’ve been told many times that my daughter is a beautiful young lady, and I know this to be a burden for some. I’m not saying that Chloe has a burden of beauty. I think she carries it very well, and because she knows who she is in our LORD Jesus Christ she knows who ultimately holds her heart. Her mom and I have reminded her throughout her life that we love her unconditionally, and this has shown her the undying affection she has from her heavenly Father. We live in a culture that worships physical perfection, and one day they will answer for it because like God told Samuel concerning King David, “Do not consider his physical appearance.”

In the name of all that is good we must reclaim the pure thought of what it means to be made in the image of God because as you know from surfing on your smart phone we have a crisis at hand that says worth is based on how attractive, wealthy or talented you are. Nothing is further from the truth, and I don’t want to get to Heaven with my ladder leaning against that wall. I refuse to give into the lie that because you aren’t attractive you don’t deserve to be loved. I shudder when I think about the ways my childhood peers ridiculed “ugly” girls. I shudder in the presence of an all mighty God who sees mean girls shutting out other girls for whatever reason they have for shutting them out. And the same goes for mean boys, mean men and mean women.

You will not find a place at the cool kids table if you act like that with this cool kid. You can take that to the bank.

I think this is a vital message for any parent, and frankly if you are an active member of society I think this is a message that needs to be ingrained in anyone. People have ended there own lives because they felt less than, and that will not happen on my watch. I see Chloe live this day in and day out in her short life, and to say she models 1 Timothy 4.12 is an understatement. Here it is if you don’t know it.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, life, love, faith and purity.

I used to be a youth pastor, but it seems that work isn’t finished.

Grace and peace beloved.

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