What do you see when you look in the mirror to check your hair, your teeth, your eyebrows, your make up and whatever else you look at in the mirror? And then maybe you stand side on and do a profile check, you know the stomach in chest out type pose, before you walk off letting things fall back into place. What do you say to yourself?
Do you compare yourself to a preconceived image that you have in your mind about what you want to look like? It’s our self-image that we are concerned about and who are we really trying to impress; ourselves or others?
Unfortunately, teenagers in particular put too much emphasis on image, both physical and behavioural and that’s why we have so many people hurting themselves in one way or another. Something that breaks my heart is the way adolescents put so much emphasis on the views of their peers. Who are their peers? Just insecure impressionable kids like themselves who also want to impress their peers. How do we know that? We know that because they are doing what we did and some of us are still doing it.
What’s great about being a Christian is the fact that we have only one peer to impress and that’s the one who made us and equipped us to impress Him exactly how we need to. “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect”. (Romans 12:2). “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
So, when we look in the mirror we need to remember what the bible says about Jesus, “There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to Him.” (Isaiah 53:2). “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”; (1 Samuel 16:7). Jesus wasn’t an attractive man, yet He rocked the world because he walked with God.
Go back to that mirror and look past the image, the outward appearance. Look deep into the heart and soul. Now how beautiful do you look? This is the image that we need to work on.
Okay, we do have to look after our bodies, and we try to overcome the curses that have come since Adam, which include the illnesses, deformities and every other ailments including over indulgences, that were not around in the Garden of Eden. Yes, we are human and yes, we do appreciate a strong and healthy body, but, “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 honour God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20); remembering that, “Physical training is good, but training for Godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8).
So, to cut to the chase; we must look after our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit, but we must concentrate more to, train for Godliness. Some of us spend too much time and money on our bodily appearances, but we pay scant attention on the appearance of our soul.
Even the poorest of us can afford to make ourselves into the most handsome or beautiful person just by following the beauty treatments in God’s word. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect. It only takes a few minutes each day to learn how to beautify our soul. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
When we put things into perspective, we realize that the times when our bodies are the most beautiful are the times when so many of us feel least beautiful/handsome and the times when we are most content with ourselves are when our souls are glowing in beauty and we are not so worried about our bodily beauty. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
Look again in the mirror. How beautiful are you?
God bless you all