“… the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
The world sees, demands, and promotes outer beauty. But God sees, desires, and promotes something much deeper, an inner beauty of the heart. Inner beauty will never fade. It will only get more beautiful in time! With our worldly eyes, we may perceive someone as the perfect christian servant….seemingly devoted with a bible in hand, money pouring into offering plates, dressed in fine holy attitudes, memorized scripture recited on cue…. but if the heart is not pure and in it, that is nothing more than a display of religion and false character.
“Woe to you…you are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. Mathew 23:27-28 27
When our hearts are unforgiving from emotional defeat, hardened by life’s trials, or heavy with the burden of sin, we can not walk in full obedience or in depth with The Lord. And, we can not preach in and of the brightest light. We may be able to fool ourselves and/or the world for a little while, a mastery of masks, but we can not and are not fooling God!
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.” He is the God that SEES and knows the real condition of our heart! But, because He loves us as His children and chosen vessels, He desires to heal us, teach us, forgive us, and restore our inner beauty. This inner beauty will then reflect from the inside out….a devoted heart that beats for Jesus, radiant from within.
As with Rebekah in the book of Genesis, her outer beauty was very obvious to the eye of man. But, what made her usable by God was not her outer beauty but her inner beauty….an obidient, diligent, and submissive servant’s heart. Her heart was positioned and prepared, by God, to take on a higher level of servitude! She would be prompted by the spirit to go the extra mile in service by following the will of God, her destiny. Abraham had sent his highest servant, Eleizer, to find his son, Jacob, a godly woman to marry. Eleizer had prayed that God would bring him success in this endeavor by showing him a women of true inner beauty. Because of Rebekah’s heart to serve, Eleizer would have proof and know that she was the chosen one for Jacob, radiant from within!
RADIANT FROM WITHIN! What a vision that conjures up in my head; illumination, transparency, devoted in spirit, strength, protected, and radiating peace….Jesus.
I have learned along my “Jesus Journey ” that I can not hide anything in my heart from God. Believe me, I have tried to repress things deep into the tiniest crevices hoping God would just over look them. But just as King David cried out in the psalms to search his heart, so do I!
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
God lovingly continues to reveal the contents of our heart so as to purify, heal, teach, and strengthen which enables us to follow in trusting obedience and faith. The Holy Spirit fills us with a powerful grace to keep our hearts beating and persevering to accomplish His will for us…radiant from within!
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 5:13
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3 :17
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Beth McMillan is a child of the Most High God. He calls me “bride to be” and sees that I have fallen in LOVE with His son, Jesus. Appropriately named, Beth translates “House of God”. I work for Jesus at McMillan Interiors displaying His Splendor. Word of God speak…a creative vessel.