Friday, 12 October 2012

Is Beautiful Better?

The other night I saw a report about the trend among high school girls to request a nose job surgery as a graduation gift. It got me thinking.

When it comes right down to it, I don’t think these girls—or any of us for that matter—want a different body for it’s own sake. Rather, because of the sin in our lives, we long to find happiness in the worship of others. We think beauty is our ticket to bliss. But it won’t take us anywhere. Beauty doesn’t satisfy. Proverbs says that it is “fleeting” (Prov. 31:30, NIV).

This is why the well-meaning advice to simply “learn to love your body” doesn’t cut it. Even wrapped in “Christian” packaging (“Jesus loves you just the way you are, so you should love yourself”)—it’s hollow. It doesn’t satisfy our desperate and sinful thirst for attention. Even if it seems to for a moment, it won’t last. You might as well hand an exhausted marathon runner an empty water bottle.
But there is hope—for these high school girls and for every woman consumed by the quest for physical beauty. There is hope for me. For “[Christ] died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Cor. 5:15).
Because of the Cross, we can be free from this fruitless and rebellious search to find satisfaction in receiving admiration for our physical beauty. We can live for Christ instead. And thus our hearts can be filled, with the true and genuine joy that can be found in Christ. 


Making The Choice

Having the hunger—and finding—satisfaction in God, instead of in society's diversions, is simple, really. We must choose to close the laptop or shut off the phone, and we must choose to seek God through prayer and His Word.

For a long time I've needed to make that choice. I've had to choose to say “no” to this distraction! Resolved myself not to not look at email or blogs or headline news until after my time of Bible study and prayer. It may be a small thing but can make a big difference.
Whatever it takes, let’s be ruthless about not allowing anything to distract us from seeking God through His Word and prayer. We need to choose to sit at Jesus’ feet and find our satisfaction in God alone.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (90:14).