1 Peter 3: 3-4
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Craving God: Day 6
One only needs to browse the pages of the latest fashion magazine or spend time watching television ads, to understand the message that is being sent by popular fashion designers… the message of an image that is unattainable by the average person. Photo-shopped images of unrealistically thin women grace the covers of those magazines selling a false concept of beauty. Cosmetic companies and clothing lines tell us that if we buy their products or wear their clothes that we can look like those models. We want to feel pretty and fashionable so we buy into that message and look for ways to enhance our outward appearance.
The concept of beauty has evolved through the years. In the 17th and 18th centuries, beauty, success, and prosperity were measured by the width of the waistline – plump was pretty. In today’s culture, the mantra is, “the thinner the better.” We diet to the point of starving ourselves to reach an unrealistic weight or we spend money on beauty treatments or clothes in the hopes of satisfying that craving within to be considered beautiful. Plastic surgery changes our looks so we can retain our “youthful” appearance.
God’s concept of beauty is very different from that of our modern day society. Peter reinforces that when he tells us that our beauty is not defined by how we look, act, or dress but rather by finding our worth in the Person of Jesus. I found this quote by Leslie Ludy from her book “The Lost Art of True Beauty” which supports what Peter is saying to us:
“Women who exuded enchanting beauty can be found all throughout the pages of Christian history…[they] rejected the empty feminine charm of the world and embraced an altogether different kind of beauty – the beauty of Jesus Christ. They showcased femininity as God intended it to be in all its elegance, grace, nobility, and lasting loveliness…[God] created us to shine with royal beauty. Not to dazzle with a self-promoting beauty, but to be a sparkling reflection of the stunning beauty of our King.”
This is the kind of beauty we should crave not the worldly concept of beauty that is being promoted by our modern society. Let our beauty be one of a quiet and gentle spirit.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.