Today, I’d like to talk about beauty. Humans are naturally self-conscious, and we often spend quite a bit of time on our outward appearance. Despite what we often hear – that inward beauty is what truly counts – we still spend time and money to make ourselves “beautiful” according to worldly standards, and we still judge others by their appearance.
With this in mind, I’d like to remind you of something very important: When you look in the mirror, you’re looking at a work of art.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.– Isaiah 64:8
Your physical appearance is exactly the way that God intended it to be. He doesn’t make mistakes. Every imperfection was intended. Out of the seven billion people on earth, each one is uniquely made, and that is something truly incredible.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:14
I’ve read and heard “we are fearfully and wonderfully made” countless times, but I never really processed what it means. Consider this: The One who made you is perfect, and those things that you think of as flaws are in fact what set you apart and make you beautiful.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
There is no one person whose appearance is superior to another’s. We are all image-bearers of God, and therefore we are all equally beautiful. The worldly standards of beauty were created by humans and are therefore imperfect. If we could all see that the only place where human beauty differs is on the inside, then our world would be a much happier place.
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7
As I mentioned above, physical appearance isn’t the kind of beauty we should be worried about. Inward beauty is what matters to the One who created us, and it’s all that should matter to us. Given the choice between the kind of beauty that the world is looking for and the kind that God is looking for, which would you choose?
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. – Song of Solomon 4:7
To sum up everything I’ve said – we are all image-bearers of God, and all outwardly beautiful. But if you have accepted Jesus, then you are inwardly beautiful because of Who is living inside of you, and that’s the beauty that is so much more important. Next time you look in the mirror, look deeper than your outward appearance, and remember that your beauty shines from the inside out.