Who doesn’t love dressing up?
I, for one, love putting on fancy clothes, fixing my hair (as best as I can), and dabbing on some makeup. There’s something thrilling and exciting about getting fancy and going out to conquer the world. When we look good, we tend to feel better about ourselves. We want to present ourselves to society in our best light. We want everyone to look at us and say, “Oh, you look great!”
How much money, time, and worry did you put in to getting ready over the last month? Week? Or even day?
When was the last time you focused more on your inner beauty instead of your outer beauty? Have you examined your heart lately? What have you got brewing inside there that you haven’t addressed or you haven’t taken to the Lord.
If you are a women of God, your first priority should not be how you look on the outside, but how you look on the inside. Is your heart full of anger, malice, or deceit? If so, you need to take those things to the Lord.
Are you resentful, jealous, or bitter toward a coworker, family member, or friend? You need to take those things to the Lord, confess, and cleanse your heart.
We cannot fully be in harmony with Christ or with other believers if we are not regularly “grooming” our hearts.
God cares more about what’s going on in your heart than your outer beauty. He sees your heart when no one can. You may think you’re fooling everyone by looking as if you have it together on the outside because you’ve got the latest clothes, or you’re wearing the trending makeup, or your hair is done up in Pinterest’s latest fad; but when you’re carrying sin in your heart it affects your spirit, your moods, and your temperament. God is never fooled.
Spend some time this week to focus on your inner beauty. Focus more on having the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Like jewelry, let these attributes adorn your life, your speech, your walk.
When you inner beauty shines, your outer beauty only dazzles even more. It is much more of a compliment for someone to comment on your spirit than your appearance. I would rather someone notice the spirit of Jesus surrounding me than my eye shadow. Long after seeing you, people will remember your attitude more than they remember what you were wearing.
Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious – 1 Peter 3:3-4
Some people read this verse and immediately think that they can no longer braid their hair, or wear fancy clothes or nice jewelry again. I really don’t believe that is the intention of this verse. Instead I believe that the point is that we should focus more on our heart towards Christ than we should on how we look. Our focus should be more on our IMPERISHABLE beauty instead of our PERISHABLE beauty.
Can we still dress up?
Can we still wear makeup and jewelry?
But it all comes down to our intent and purpose.
Dressing up is fun! We all want to look our best, but before we do so, we need to focus on the Inner Beauty of our hearts.
Dress up your heart before you dress up anything else.
Have a dazzling Tuesday.