The Idol of Beauty (Worship Series Part 2)

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Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised,~Proverbs 31:30.

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.

Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly,~John 7:24.

Beauty definition: 1 : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness 2 : a beautiful person or thing ; especially : a beautiful woman 3 : a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality 4 : a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance .

God created the world and humans. He then stated, “It is good.” God delights in His creation. He finds beauty in what He made. He did not, however, intend for creation to take the place of the Creator. Everything He created is to point back to Him. He alone is to be worshipped (adored, given the highest place, exalted, given the most time and energy).

Our world is obsessed with “beauty.” Magazines are devoted to beauty; plastic surgeons, special products, fitness programs, salons, spas, tv shows, and commercials are all sending the message, “You need to be our definition of beautiful and/or sexy. If you are, your life will be perfect! If you’re not, buy our product and you will become beautiful and have an amazing life.

When beauty becomes an idol we become vain, lustful (craving more-more products, more surgeries, more modifications to outer appearances), people are reduced to objects for pleasure, and we begin to suffer from severe discontentment. Billions of dollars yearly are spent on beauty. There are people destroying their lives, bodies, and emptying their wallets to achieve some standard of beauty.

Behind every idol there’s a lie:

I worked for a popular catalogue company in college. The women in those magazines did not look like their photos. They had fake hair, fake eyelashes, some fake eye color, professional makeup, they were taped in, clothes tailored to fit, and many “imperfections” were airbrushed out. The images reinforce the idol and sends the message, “Who you are and what you have is not enough.

An idol says, “You can find satisfaction, comfort, love, peace, and identity in me.” Nothing is further from the truth. If “beauty” brought happiness, the “beautiful people,” wouldn’t have the same suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, and divorce rates as everyone else.

Truth encounter:

Satisfaction, love, peace, comfort, and true identity can be found in God alone. He’s the only One who remains stable and constant. Idols enslave; God liberates.

Beauty is fleeting. What’s considered beautiful today in society may not be tomorrow.

True beauty radiates from the heart:

There’s also the trouble with judging by outward appearances. God looks at the heart. We are being transformed from glory to glory by His Spirit. Those in Christ are becoming more beautiful (like Him) in character, actions, and nature.

Jesus was not considered physically beautiful. The Bible said there was nothing about Him that would draw us to Him (unlike the Jesus we see in paintings and movies). He was average. He was a Jewish man who looked like the other disciples. Otherwise Judas would not have had to point Him out. Yet Jesus is our standard of beauty. He radiates the beauty of the Father. God’s definition of beauty is often different from ours. He’s looking at the heart.

May we not fall prey to judging people by outward appearances. Every person has tremendous value and worth that is not linked to their appearance. Jesus solidified the worth of every person by giving His life for theirs on the cross.

Closing thoughts:

Sweet friends, may we not be deceived into worshipping beauty. Lucifer was beautiful and wanted to be worshipped. People nor angels are to be worshipped. God alone is worthy of worship! You are beautiful to God because you’re His creation. Your true beauty radiates from within! There is nothing wrong with looking nice or taking care of your outward appearance, the key is to worship God, not beauty or created things.

Stay blessed!

Erin

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3 responses to “The Idol of Beauty (Worship Series Part 2)

  1. In high school I was diagnosed with a rare eye disease that severely limits my vision and isn’t correctable with glasses or lenses. Although many say things like “that’s too bad” or “that’s unfortunate” I’ve always “seen” it as something pretty great. Because I stopped driving, I started walking everywhere and discovered a tremendous joy in walking, seeing everything in between where I was and where I was going instead of speeding past all of it.

    And then there is what you’ve written about here which made me think of another benefit, in that my visual capacity for judging based on appearance has to an extent, been erased. I can see shapes and objects just fine, but when it comes to details, it’s all a blur. I had a cornea transplant on one eye, which enables that eye to be corrected with glasses (although I only wear them for working on the computer). And I must, it is rather odd to see what people actually look like now. Hahaha.

    But I’ve always wondered, what if we saw everyone as blurry? Would that change our psychological perception of others and what we deem “beautiful?” Would see others more for their personality than outward appearance?

    • I had a friend who said this quote, “If no one could see you, would they still find you beautiful or attractive.” You are inspiring in your making the best of vision impairment.:)

      • Thank you! Since I was diagnosed in high school, and to be honest I really don’t know when my vision started going blurry, as it was simply the way I was used to seeing things so I didn’t have “clearly” to compare it with. I only found out I couldn’t see very well when I went to take the drivers licensed test. I was also homeschooled growing up so there was never a blackboard to see or anything like that.

        So, I never really knew that I was “making the best” of anything, hahaha.

        I think it’s a brilliant and important question: How would you “see” people if you couldn’t “see”? I think, perhaps, if you want to really truthfully see who people are: pray. Which of course for many people involves closing their eyes ūüôā

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