• A Masterpiece

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    12 June, 2015Posted by Chloe

    What do you think it means to be ‘beautiful’?
    How much time do you spend on your appearance each day? 
    Do you think what's on the inside of a person is just as important as what's on the outside?

    Why is it so easy to focus on our flaws? But so difficult to see ourselves as truly beautiful?

    Imagine you are an artist and you have created a sculpture for your collection. But this wasn't just any sculpture, this is a piece of art you spend months preparing and moulding so that it was just the way you wanted to it be. This is your masterpiece and you put it on display for all to see. One day, a friend sees this work of art, but instead of commending your work, she picks it up and points out multiple things that are wrong with this piece, she breaks off parts of it and sticks clay over certain areas to cover them up, saying that it is “ugly” and “not good enough”. As the artist you would be so hurt that your friend didn’t see or understand the true value of your work. 

    Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

    God has created you and you are His masterpiece. Whether we obsess about it or ignore it, we’re made to know we’re beautiful. He made you just the way He wanted to, and has a plan and a purpose for your life. You are not ordinary or average but one of a kind and original. 

    1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “What matters most is not your outward appearance - the styling of your hair, the jewellery you wear, the cut of your clothes - but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.”

    Our inner disposition is our inner nature and character - the Bible tells us to work on our beauty on the inside and that is what matters most. Outer beauty will fade away but a Godly character, and a gentle and gracious nature is what will last.  

    1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    How does your heart look today? Think about how many times a day we check our appearance in the mirror, making sure our appearance is up to standard. What about if we did a heart check instead? Asking God to search our hearts and test our character, and focusing on developing real, lasting beauty in our lives.