Image vs. Real Value

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)

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American culture puts a lot of value in someone’s image.  Commercials, magazine ads, movies, celebrities – all of them scream that our value is based on what we own and what we look like

It’s easy to look around at others, and even ourselves, and determine their value by appearance.
Our eyes are drawn to what’s beautiful on the outside.

But Kingdom life is different.

Kingdom life puts value on the heart – and a heart fully surrendered to the will of Christ is the most beautiful.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

Have you been tempted to find value in others based on outward appearances?  Have you done this to yourself?  How do you feel when you don’t have the right clothes, or you left the house without makeup?  Has a “bad hair day” dictated the kind of day you have?

What can you do this week to focus less on your appearance, and more on your relationship with Jesus and others?oreos

Digging Deeper

Read Philippians 4:8, and ask Holy Spirit to reveal the admirable things around you.  Be intentional today to see beauty as God sees it, and praise Him for His wonderful works in and around you.

Challenge: What would happen if you didn’t wear make-up for a week?  How does the idea of this make you feel?

 

~Kimi Miller
Associate Pastor, Lifegate Women

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