Resurrected Living
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Seeking Beauty

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Goodness, truth, and beauty all come from God. He is the source of all three. Out of these three subjects, beauty is the most neglected. It has been ignored by many Christians and it has often been distorted by the world. Beauty is important. It attracts. We are drawn to what is beautiful. It is important that Christians recapture the beauty of God and share it with the world.

What is beauty? Beauty is many things. We see beauty in God’s good creation. We get glimpses of the Creator by looking at the creation. It is easy to identify this beauty because it is so magnificent. It is almost impossible to miss. No one can deny the beauty of the Rocky Mountains or a perfect sunset. This beauty should wet our appetite and cause us to seek out the One responsible for it all.

Sadly, many will see physical beauty and stop there. Some may even obsess over physical beauty and begin to worship it instead of God. Some may mistake God for nature instead of seeing him as the Creator of all things. Others may lust after physical beauty rather than appreciate it for what it is.

When we think of beauty, we often only think of physical beauty, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, physical beauty has the potential of fading. The prophet Isaiah writes, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). There is beauty in the things of God. There is beauty in God’s love for his people. There is beauty in the grace and mercy of God. There is beauty in the cross. We must reflect on these things and discover the beauty of the gospel. We will never grow tired of this beauty. It will never fade. This is the beauty that will save the world.

When looking for a spouse, some will only look at physical beauty. They will seek out the perfect physical specimen and never get to know the person whom they plan to spend the rest of their life with. It is very likely that their marriage will not last. Physical beauty comes from God. Physical beauty is good, but it should draw us deeper into the things of God. Marriages that often last are when two people identify the beauty of love, compassion, self-sacrifice, and grace within each other. This beauty remains through the ages. It is important that we not only pay attention to what God has done, but also who he is. We must come to know the beauty of God’s character. When we see the beauty of God we will understand that everything else is a small sliver of what we have found in God.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

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