When people look at us, what do they really see? Do they see an approachable person, a face that never looses its smile, or glow? Do they see kindness, despite life’s difficulties? On the other hand, would they actually see the unspoken ugliness we fight so hard daily to conceal? The private pains, the debilitating abuse, the tragedy of living beyond your own means. Cringing yet?
As quiet as we try to keep it, beneath all of our false pretenses and weak representation to our claim of being “a child of God”, how attractive are we really? The world coined the phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and it serves to be true. The world can “behold” us one day and discard us the next. Outward beauty is fleeting and always will be, but inner beauty, when placed in the hands of the one and only “Great Beholder” can be miraculously timeless.
Isaiah 53 speaks of the beauty of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was beautiful and all together lovely, yet, He took on our ugliness so that we might become beautiful in the eyes of the Father. Isaiah 53 reads, “Who would have believed what we heard? Who saw the Lord’s power in this? He grew up like a small plant before the Lord. He was like a tender shoot growing in a dry land. He had no special beauty or form to make us notice him. There was nothing in his appearance to make us desire him. He was hated and rejected by people. He had much pain and suffering, that people would not even look at him. He was hated, and we did not even notice him. But he took our suffering on him and felt our pain for us. We saw his suffering and thought God was punishing him. But he was wounded for the wrong things we did, and crushed for the evil things we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to him,” and yet Jesus Christ was the most attractive, charismatic, and most beloved man to ever walk amongst men. Christ knew what it would take in order to draw all men unto himself. He did not step down from heaven to be seen by others; instead, Jesus came to save that which was lost. His attractiveness he gladly forfeited in order to take away our disgrace, our sins, and our rebellion against God; the Son in whom God was well pleased; allowed himself to become hideous for our sake.
So again, “how attractive are you?” In order to become attractive, you first have to be able to attract others by your testimony, by living a lifestyle that is holy and acceptable in Christ, and by loving others as Christ loves you.
The next time you find yourself admiring your image in the mirror, remember the One who continues to admire you from a far…God the Great Beholder.
Remember, “Jesus took on our ugliness so that we might be beautiful in the sight of God.”