Whether it’s CoverGirl or Maybelline, the point is to cover your face with enough cosmetics to make yourself radiant and catch others looking at you for your beauty. When the Olympics were on, their ads were promoting “gold-medal beauty.”
While we are commanded to take care of our bodies, our focus is not to be centered on making ourselves beautiful. I believe if we are working on our inner selves, our spirits, it will transfer to our outer selves. That is true gold-medal beauty. Braiding your hair doesn’t make you beautiful. Wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes doesn’t make you beautiful. Instead, your beauty comes from inside you. It is the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. Beauty like that doesn’t fade away. God places great value on it. (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIRV)
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. (Exodus 34:29) Others were fearful to even come near him. This did not occur after a 20 minute morning quiet time with God. Moses had been on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights without eating bread or drinking water in the presence of God.
To truly transform our inner selves we need to spend quality time with the Lord. Moses was fasting. I don’t recommend fasting all food and drink for 40 days and nights but how many have done it for one day or even one meal? If you want to be changed, change from the inside out starting with your quiet time. Is it consistent? Do you have a plan that you follow?
Pick a place and challenge yourself. Perhaps you would like to try reading through the Bible in a year. Many plans are available that break it down for you on a daily basis. How about extending your prayer time? Got a prayer partner? Ever journal? Begin a Bible study. Take a discipleship class. Join a fellowship group. Fast.
Psalm 34:5 says, “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Go and shine from the inside out!