The Ugandan Proverb ‘Egyagaza omubi omulungi takimaya’ means ‘What makes the ugly person, the beautiful one will never know’. There are many people here on earth that pump their fists into the air and deem themselves wise. But the bible says that God uses the foolish things to shame the wise (1 Cor 1.27) and one of the areas that this takes place is with beauty and contentment.
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him (Isaiah 53.2)
Blessed are those who are humbly content in the way how God has fearfully and wonderfully made them (Psalm 137.14) not necessarily in our physical stature – but primarily in the beauty that comes from ‘being made anew’ within our hearts at the perfect work God has completed for us in the perfect death and the perfect resurrection of the perfect person of Jesus Christ. It is far better to work on beautifying the person underneath; that of your ‘inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth, in God’s sight (1 Peter 3.4).
We should always aim to be neat and presentable, unassuming and unattractive, always being careful to maintain a perfect correspondence in every respect with the plain teachings of the Word of God, so that we may be able to appear among the poor or the rich, as necessity may demand, without any unnecessary attraction to our clothing from either class, more than that distinction made by the Word of God, which certainly implies a beautiful, easy, and graceful medium, free from the awful bondage of fashion and style. Jacob W. Byers (Biblical Humility – Costly Array)
Blessed are the modest, the plain and the unassuming who are growing in repentance (Matt 3.8), profoundly dependant upon God’s Grace and God’s Word (Josh 1.8 & Matt 5.3), making it their ambition to lead a quiet life (1 Thess 4.11) and whose life is so stamped with a conformity to Christ (Eph 5.1-2) that they are hated and persecuted by this world and by the moderately religious (Matt 5.10-12). Yes! If an inward desire for Jesus Christ is at the centre of everything I eat, drink, think and do outwardly is matched by an outward desire to be neat and presentable yet fiercely modest and unassuming because of Christ’s teachings and laws governing my heart inwardly; then I will be scorned and ridiculed by the world.
And this is the pressure that Christ residing and Christ abiding young believers are facing from society. How dare you rejoice alone in the Presence of the Mercy Divine and His Loving Hands above that made you and saved you? How dare you not join the perishing generations who are successfully being bombarded with hashtags and commercials that encourage them to put their identity in self and idols? How dare you believe worldly charm is deceptive and beauty is empty but the one that fears the Lord is worthy to be praised? How dare you not believe that beauty doesn’t come from the melanin count in your skin or in the size of your waist or your chest? How dare you be content in salvation along and the Lord alone?
The ‘putting on of apparel’ is not forbidden, but what is forbidden is the heavy investing into costly vanities and costly ornament.
These are the schemes of the Devil and these are some of the questions Jesus was tempted with on the top of a mountain when He told Satan to ‘get thee behind me’ (Matt 4.9-10). Young Christian Man and Young Christian Woman; delight yourself alone in His Grace Alone. Blessed are the misfits. Blessed are they that understand this world is not their home. Blessed are those who God has given them the Grace to bow their knee to Jesus Christ! For it is in this act of Godly Sorrow (2 Cor 7.10) that true beauty can be found. This is the real definition of humility. To be profoundly dependant upon Christ.
Though not many noble are usually called by Divine grace, there have been some such in every age, who have not been ashamed of the gospel of Christ; and persons of every rank stand in need of pardoning grace (Matthew Henry Commentary 1 Corithians 1.26-31)
Now please understand: The world does not have this. That’s why the ‘poorest in the world are the richest in faith’ (James 2.5). Those that are full of self-pity, full of self-worth, full of prideful high thinking, full of self-centred low thinking; those that are full of ego, full of money, full of accolades, full of awards and full of idols don’t have the joyful eternal security and gift of faith in Christ. That which they despise; God loves. And that which they love; God despises. Yes! God indeed uses the foolish things to shame the wise. We live in a world where people look up to those that have less than them and people look down upon those that have more than them.
One of the greatest sins in the religious world is the idolatrous devotion of soul and body to the goddess of fashion and style. Thousands who once may have had a good experience of conversion, have been led captive by this subtle spirit of pride, and are now spiritually dead or else lean and starving; and yet perhaps, in some cases, not aware of the cause. Jacob W. Byers (Biblical Humility – Costly Array)
God uses the foolish things to shame the wise. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no one may boast in His Presence (1 Cor 28-29). Let us pray that we delight ourselves in the Lord and that our beauty comes from His Salvation and His Grace and His Love bestowed upon us in Christ – and let us continue to share this message to self proclaiming ‘I have all that I need’ generation who do not yet grasp that eternity is slipping away from right underneath their noses.
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