“Beauty is only skin deep.”
It’s a phrase that is often said, but how often do we truly believe that? More, how often do we act as though we believe it?
For the Ephesian women, it seems as though they had a hard time buying it. And it seems that many were dressing somewhat seductively even within the church which caused no small problem even in those days. It’s also possible that the wealthier of the women desired to show off their wealth by how they dressed, putting to shame those of lesser means.
Either way, Paul said to them,
I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. (9-10)
In other words, what defines a woman should not be how beautiful or sexy they are on the the outside, but how beautiful they are on the inside. If women spent as much time developing their inner beauty as they did their outer, they would truly become the beautiful creatures God created them to be.
And all that starts with a relationship with God. To seek and understand his love above everything else. To be defined, not by what others think of you, but by what God thinks of you. To derive your worth not from yourself or from anyone else, but from the One who created you and declared you “good” in His sight. (Genesis 1:31)
Women, how do you feel about yourself? Insecure? Not good enough? Are you always seeking the approval of those around you?
Or do you truly understand that God accepts you as you are? And do you understand that as you submit to him in your life, that’s when you truly become beautiful?
Where does your beauty lie?