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March 16, 2016

Beauty Begins: Your Sacred Reflection

by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha

 

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

Have you ever been told that you resemble someone? Maybe people say, “You have your dad’s eyes” or “You have your mom’s nose” or “You have your grandpa’s chin.” Genesis tells us that we were created in the image of God. Therefore, we have the capacity to be in a relationship with Him. The more we grow in that relationship with Christ, the more we resemble Him and reflect His image to the people around us.

Where does your life look like Christ? That is where you are beautiful. That is the source of your true beauty. It’s from being like Christ. We are always trying to imitate other people instead of imitating God. But, the more we reflect Christlike character to the people around us, the more beautiful we’ll feel. The Bible says,

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NASB)

This passage tells us the One we are to imitate is God. God is not some cosmic being who created the universe and, then, left us without an example to follow. No, He put on human flesh and came to this earth so we could see true beauty up close and personal. When we look at Christ’s life, we see what God is like and what beauty really looks like. The more we become like Christ in our character, the more beautiful we become. The most beautiful people I’ve known are those whose character most resembles Christ. The character qualities of Jesus – love, mercy, grace, wisdom, patience, peace, and kindness – are reflected from their souls.

One of the biggest differences between pretty and beautiful relates to time. Beauty is eternal, while pretty is always temporary. It’s important to take care of our bodies and to pursue a healthy lifestyle, but we have to remember our bodies are temporary. I have a friend who calls our bodies our “earth suits” because we need them only here on earth.  Scripture says we’ll get new heavenly bodies when we leave this earth. Our earthly bodies aren’t eternal. Only our character lasts forever. We spend so much time trying to make our temporary bodies look good, but how much time do we spend making sure our eternal character is beautiful? God is much more interested in our character than our comfort. That’s why He’ll push us out of our comfort zone into His character-building zone. The two ways God changes our character to reflect Him are through the Bible and through problems. God’s Word is like a mirror for our soul. The more time we spend looking at the mirror of truth in God’s Word, the easier it is for us to recognize the distorted mirrors of Satan’s lies. Look in the mirror of His Word today and see your beautiful reflection in the eyes of the One who gave Himself up for you.

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