selfworth“I may not be pretty, I’m not rich, I don’t have a perfect body, but I have a good heart for those who care.”

The world gets so many things wrong. I saw this posted on Facebook this morning and had an immediate knee jerk reaction.  Just as the media (tv, movies, romance novels…eesh) tells us to “follow your heart” and could not be more wrong because our hearts are corrupt and deceitful, even so the above warm-and-fuzzy thought has everything backwards.

Anyone can buy superficial beauty if they have enough credit cards. Methods abound by which one may lift, tuck, color, whiten, straighten, curl, poof out, suck in, smooth, and adorn oneself. Where does all that investment go when you lie in a coffin one day? Lasting beauty, genuine beauty is a choice.

Today, you can be beautiful in your worship.  That beauty will show through your face.

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Ps. 29:2

Today, you can know that even the hardest trials and inexplicable circumstances will be viewed one day as beautiful…because of the work they did on your heart, to make you look more like the Fairest Lord Jesus.

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecc. 3:11

A “nice” body? You have a body which was lent to you for God’s purposes…one that is fearfully and wonderfully made! And this temporary shell we’ve borrowed will be transformed into something even more amazing when we leave this life.  Are you getting the idea that our focus is not to be upon this world, but upon something better and beyond what we know here?

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.Phil. 3:21

You are not rich?  You can be.  Any riches you may attain here in material goods will one day decay or pass to another.  Nothing that we think we possess in this earthly existence is truly ours.

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:21 (read the whole context for full understanding here)
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Cor. 8:9

And finally, a warm heart is all well and good…but it should not only be offered to “those who care”. That is selfish love. God’s love is unconditional…it is not an if/then kind of love. God’s love gives unreservedly. God’s love loves by choice, not upon the merits of the one loved. There is a great deal of peace and security in that.

For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them…But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Luke 6:32,35

It is no wonder our young people are insecure, unhappy, irritable, fearful, and depressed.  All they have been encouraged to focus upon is fleeting. Physical beauty, material riches, youthful appeal…they all slip through the fingers no matter how tightly we grasp them. How frustrating and empty is the life spent frantically clawing for things which do not last.

Our oldest daughter has seen the angst of her peers. We talked yesterday about many precious promises God gives in His word (and because of who He is, He always keeps His promises!) that we can stand upon firmly. God’s truth is the only dependable thing.  We must teach them, and show them this.

Only in Christ is there anything of worth for us. Only in Him do we attain real beauty. Only through Him do we become everlastingly rich. Through Him, who loved us not because we “cared”, but “while we were yet sinners.” Our young people need Him.


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