I heard that little tidbit on the Today Show. Apparently I’m well over a whole decade past my beauty prime. That’s vanity, yes. If this physical body was all I knew and cared about, I might be tempted to console myself with chocolate. (I might do that anyway.) But even though our society idolizes the beautiful body, the Christian knows that “beauty is vain” and “the Lord looks on the heart” (Prov. 31:30; 1 Sam. 16:7).
The truth is that I’ve got a long way to go before I reach my true beauty prime. God prizes a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Pet. 3:3,4). Holy women adorn themselves by submitting to their own husbands (1 Pet. 3:5,6), and clothing themselves with strength and dignity (Prov. 31:25). Dressing our best means practicing righteous acts (Rev. 19:8). You see, presentation is everything to God, too, but He wants us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him (Rom. 12:1). Gentleness, submission, honor, holiness, and serving others–this is real beauty that never fades.
As someone once said, “You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your own soul’s doing.” Those who are conforming to the image of Christ have this confidence: “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
Prayer for Today: Lord, help me remove all ugliness from my heart.