December 31, 2018: The Beautiful Ugliness

 

Isaiah 53:2 (NIV)
2  He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

 

I wonder how much time we spend in front of the mirror trying to look our best.  I am not against making sure we look presentable to the world but it seems we are so consumed in our day to look like presentable to the world.

We judge a person’s worth by what they look like.  A focus on the outward appearance too much has brought many lives into a poverty of spirit.  Take a good look at what was said about the Messiah when he was on the earth.

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire  him.” If you were to look for Jesus when he was here on earth you would not find him looking like some Hollywood actor.  He would not be dressed in the finest of clothes or be among the ten best looking of the year. He was probably average to look at or possibly even less than average.  There was nothing about his outward appearance that you would be attracted by.

Yet the crowds found him mesmerizing.   Everywhere he went he was the talk of the town.  People clamored over others just to touch the hem of his robe.  There was something about him that was magnetic, but it was not what most in our day focus on.  It had nothing to do with outer appearance but his inner attitude of the heart.

Why not let this be something that guides you in the next year.  Instead of spending all your effort in dressing up the outer appearance why not invest far more in getting the inner heart and spirit in a right standing before God.  You might be surprised at what happens.

Stop looking in the mirror and look instead in God’s Word the mirror for your soul.

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