The world is obsessed with being beautiful and unfortunately this even rings true in the Christian community. The desire for women to be beautiful is one thing that never goes “out of style”-- it evolves with time, together with new beauty products, new stylish clothes, new ways to take care of your skin, etc. It’s a good thing that we, women, have a lot of options on how we can take care of ourselves, there’s nothing wrong with that.
With this, though, it is also equally important for women of faith to remember what it means to be beautiful in a biblical sense. It's important that we, and the women in our lives and Christian communities, are guarded from the trap that most women fall into. The trap of the world dictating our worth based on our weight, skin type, and our outward appearance because the truth is, the world’s standard is sometimes unrealistic.
The good news is, God’s word gives women different principles and reminders of what it truly means to be beautiful. This is something that we can keep in our hearts and share with the young ladies in our families, churches and communities. Before the world defines our beauty for us, let’s let the Bible speak of what timeless beauty really is.
You are beautiful because:
...You fear the Lord
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Notice how the Word doesn’t focus on the outward appearance but focuses on the fear of the Lord. This doesn’t mean that outward beauty is sinful, but this verse is reminding us that our beauty is very temporary and to keep our focus on Jesus. Beauty does not last.. Outward beauty fades, if we use all our energy solely on that, then we are prioritizing the wrong thing.
Being a woman who fears the Lord means that your priority is honoring the Lord and doing what is pleasing to Him. It is having that fear and reverence, knowing that you are accountable to Him.
Nothing is more beautiful than a woman of faith pursuing God’s heart.
...Of your character
For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. (1 Timothy 2:10)
1 Timothy gives us instruction on how we should represent the Lord in the way that we dress and in the way that we live. He reminds us that the work of God in us should be seen on the outside. Our character is proof of the work of the Holy Spirit.
Our good works are not to earn salvation, but are the by-product of our salvation.
“... let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:16)
...You are the temple of the Holy Spirit
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
You are beautiful because you are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Because He dwells in you and you belong to Him, you can use your earthly body for His glory. You are made for so much more-- because you belong to Him.
God called us to a higher calling, so let’s do our best to live it out and make the most out of our time, our service, and our resources to pursue faith-filled lives that glorify God. May we all be a vessel of good works that overflow from the abundance of love we have for our Lord. Let's be an extension of His hands and feet here on earth because that’s what being beautiful truly means.