What does it mean to be beautiful? We use this word so often to talk about a girl wearing a new outfit, McDreamy’s eyes, or a picturesque sunset. I have struggled a lot with this issue, but God has been teaching me about what it means to be beautiful in His eyes. Here’s the definition that we came up with:
Beauty is the value held for an object of Creation demonstrated through sacrifice.
Imagine a table that you sit at. Before you came to know the table, it was a bunch of crude materials–wood, metal, etc. Someone came along, though, and planed that wood. Someone else operated the machine to make those screws that holds it together. Before you were even able to use that table, people had to sacrifice their time, their health, and their own desires in order to make a table for you to sit at, to use, and to enjoy. That table, then, became beautiful the moment that someone sacrificed his own self in order to make it. That sacrifice proved its value and worth, and that sacrifice made it beautiful.
Now think about your own self. Not only did God sacrifice His time and His resources to create you, but God sacrificed Himself when He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. There is no greater sacrifice in all of creation than this! God allowed for part of His own self to come to this earth and be hated, mocked, spit on, crucified, and even separated from Him all for the sake that WE could have the hope of living with Him in Heaven. If this–God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross and be separated from God’s presence so that we could have the hope of eternity with Him–if this does not make us beautiful, I’m certain that nothing does.
We will only become aware of our true beauty when we when believe Him when He says, “You are Mine, and You are My treasure. You are precious and valuable to Me.” We are beautiful because of God’s love for us, and this beauty is guaranteed and demonstrated by the sacrifice of His Son. We are beautiful because we are His valued treasure.
It’s time to look in the mirror and to see your true beauty, maybe for even the first time.
It’s time to redefine beauty.
picture: mirror that says “Be a woman of true beauty”