Beautiful in God’s Eyes Day 7: Having a God’s Eye View
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7, ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, ESV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV)
How a person chooses to live their life is based on their perspective and priorities. A person’s priorities are dictated by their perspective and reflected in their actions. What does this have to do with beauty? When our perspective of ourselves and the world around us is controlled by society, our priorities will not align with the Lord’s. If we see ourselves as ugly or unworthy because the world has told us we are, it becomes a priority that above everything else we must fix this flaw. When you look in the mirror, where are your eyes focused? Mine are constantly scanning for flaws. I seek out blemishes, stretch marks, fat, and anything else that society has convinced me is unattractive. What a truly miserable way to live. The good news is that we don’t have to live like that anymore. It’s time for a refocus.
What should our perspective be? Simply put, we should have a God’s eye view on life. God has outlined exactly what our priorities should be throughout Scripture. He’s even included guidelines on how we can gain His perspective. We must flee the sins of the world and run to the Savior. With our eyes turned to Him, we will begin to see ourselves and the world around us more clearly.
What is God’s perspective? God reminds us in 1 Samuel that He does not focus on the outward appearance. When God chose David as king, Samuel was confused. He couldn’t understand how God would pass over a handsome, strong, older man like Eliab for a kid like David. He was seeing people from the world’s perspective. God does not look at a person’s appearance, but instead He looks at their heart. He sees their motivations, their core beliefs, and their desires. He sees beauty in their character and not their looks. That’s how we should not only view ourselves but how we should view others.
How can we have God’s perspective? Keep your eyes on Him and seek the things that please Him. We read in Philippians that our thoughts should be filled with things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy. What, or more appropriately, who personifies that more than Christ? With our eyes focused on Christ, He can show us these things. He can help us see ourselves and others how He sees us and not as the world would like us to see.
My challenge to you today and all the days after is to keep your eyes on Christ. Make Him the focal point of your thoughts. Cast out the thoughts that tell you that you are not beautiful, worthy, or good enough, and welcome in the truths that Christ offers you. Seek Him and you will find Him. Find Him and you will find yourself. Radiate your true beauty from the inside out.