Sounds like a trick question doesn’t it. In a way, you can say that it is. I am not talking about your outward appearance alone, I am talking about what is on the inside that shines to the outside.
Everywhere you look there are advertisements for products to make us more beautiful. Hollywood is full of beauty, and they keep it on display all the time. Woman especially find ourselves comparing our looks with another, wondering how we measure up. Let’s face it we want to feel attractive, pretty, pleasing to others, but there is a beauty that is far more important and if you have this beauty inside it will radiate from inside and show up on your face.
Scripture speaks about what we should be first on the inside. 1 Timothy 3:11 “In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.”
Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Proverbs 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
I have met and been around many outwardly beautiful people and often times as I have gotten to know them I have found that their outward beauty has faded, not because of anything they have changed on the outside, but as I have listened to them and learned about them, it diminished their outward beauty. They were unkind in their words and judgemental in their actions, etc…and then there are people I have been around that do not have what the world would consider an outward beauty, instead, they have an inner beauty, a love of God that radiates to their outward appearance. The more I am with them the more beautiful they outwardly become.
Outward attractiveness fades away, but what is in one’s heart remains. I want to be one of those people that radiate Jesus. I want my heart and soul so full of Jesus that it cannot be contained.
A few years back I was thinking about Moses and his encounter with the Holy God, the Great I Am on the mountain and how when he came down his appearance had changed. I imagined that the love of God, some of the glory that surrounded him was evident on his face and others could see that he had been with God. I thought a lot about that and I prayed and asked God to help me to be a light to a dark world, to let others see him in me first. I want to be so full of Jesus that it radiates out of me and people I come in contact with can see him in my face. I am not sure I am there yet, but I am constantly striving to live my talk, love and know him more. I love the Lord, I cannot imagine where I would be without him. He is my Lord and my Savior, my everything.
I want those I am around to see Christ’s attractiveness in me and on me. I will never be what the world considers a true beauty, but I can let the love of Christ shine forth from within and radiate to my outward appearance.
This does not only apply to the woman, it goes for men as well. The measure of a man is not how tall he is, how big his muscles are, or how big his bank account. A man that loves God, loves his wife and family is an attractive man. A man that does what scripture tells him to do is irresistible to his wife or the one who loves him.
Ephesians 5:25 “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.”
Men, do you love your wives like Christ loves the church? Are you the spiritual head of your family? Do you seek to please God above all else? Are you respectful to woman, regarding them in a manner that is pure and right or are you looking at them as objects? Is your talk clean or course?
I want to please God, I want to live my life in a way that says, He is my Lord, I am his. It should dictate what I say and what I do. What has taken place on the inside should at some point show upon the outward appearance to some degree. We are told to be a city on a hill…we are told to let our lights shine before men so they may see and believe…do you? So, I will ask again, “How attractive are you?”
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Be an attractive Christian, one that draws people Christ, not one that repels them.
Scripture tells us that Jesus had no great outward handsomeness to him to draw men to him, instead it was something inside that was shown to them, something more than a majestic appearance.
Isaiah 53:2 “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is not beauty that we should desire Him.”
Let your love of Christ, your transformed heart be what others see and you will be attractive to the one who matters…Jesus, Lord and Savior!