For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. (Psalm 149:4)
History is dotted with the fallibility of man. We are people marred by scars from centuries of transgressions. Yet God considers us beautiful. Doesn’t this contradict the definition of beauty? Isn’t beauty flawless and pleasing to the senses?
In light of the mass of humanities depravity – wars, evil schemes and dishonest pursuits, how are we still considered beautiful by a God of perfection? We are beautiful because our mere existence reflects God’s glory and joy.
We are able to feel, reason and love. But love is a choice, and we are given the freedom to choose whether or not we will love in return. We determine to what measure we will reflect the beauty God has placed within us. Our bodies are only vessels carrying this infinite, eternal beauty of God. We must surrender our vessel to display the wonder it was designed to offer the world.
The mask of flesh covering our bodies is not the true depth of our beauty. It goes deeper, waiting to be released.
This release will happen if we are consumed with God. His thoughts become our thoughts. His ways become our ways. We are no longer our own; we are part of a larger composition, a body of people that is more than our individual existence. Yet how can we be absorbed by this larger composition and still maintain our unique inner beauty?
C.S. Lewis said it well in his book Mere Christianity: “Some people think that after this life, or perhaps after several lives, human souls will be ‘absorbed’ into God …It is only the Christians who have any idea of how human souls can be taken into the life of God and remain themselves – in fact, be very much more themselves than they were before.”
So, by being taken into God, we find the release of the beauty we were created to display. It is a wonder, this beauty within.
Read Psalm 149:4 and Hebrews 13:15-16. What of God‘s beauty are you offering the world? Give a smile, a story, or a hug away today.
Great God, I want to be taken into You. I want to release Your beauty to the world. Absorb me.