The Beauty and the Worth of the Believer.
Have you ever been physically attracted to a person, only to get near and be disappointed? It’s a common occurrence that lots of people are so attractive at first sight but with very shallow beauty and goodness. That’s why Jesus Christ said by their fruits and not by their flowers, foliage or stature we should be known but by our fruits. Flowers, foliage and stature may attract but the quality, the accessibility and the nutrients of the fruit are what determine what kind of tree we are dealing with. We shouldn’t be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
And so Apostle Peter spoke about the believer’s adorning in 1Peter 3. What actually makes us beautiful? We love to look good, because we believe you’re addressed by how you dress, and we love to be addressed with honour. We love to put on our fortunes so people can know how prosperous we are. Back in the days, soldiers go to war with their medals, all the gold and other things they had won in past battles were displayed on them, the more they had, the more respect and fear they were accorded by the opposition and even by their own troops. It is part of our human nature to show off, to tell people we are who we are.
But the Scriptures say we should know nobody after the flesh. There’s more to each one of us than meets the eye. The beauty of the believer is more that the designer’s clothes he or she wears, it’s more than the cars he or she drives, its more than the beautiful house or side of town he or she lives in. It is within and about the fruit of the Spirit he or she brings to the table to bless his or her world.
3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (ESV)
Of course, this passage has been the reason why many believers don’t wear certain things but that’s actually missing the very point of the message. Our adorning should not be about what we wear or not wear so long we aren’t naked. It should be about the gentle and the quiet spirit of the hidden person within that exudes out of us, which is very expensive and of high worth before God.
The King James version use the word ‘meek’ in place of ‘gentle’. Both words ‘gentle’ and ‘meek’ are used also to describe the fruit of the spirit produced by the intermingling of our recreated human spirits, the hidden man inside and the blessed Holy Spirit who dwells within us and leads us, as against the works of the flesh produced when we refuse to yield to the workings of the Holy Spirit and our new creation spirits but follow worldly lusts.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
The flesh wants its adorning to be of the outside not minding the stench of the decadence from within. The works of the flesh are dead works and as they decay within, the bad smell is perceived in the realm of the spirit in spite of the beauty or worth they try to cover up with on the outside. No perfume is expensive enough to cover the stench of the flesh. It does not even matter how ‘Christian’ your dressing is, it can’t cover the stench of the decaying flesh of a believer who is walking in vanity and in the flesh.
But when we yield to the workings of the Holy Spirit and the new creation life that we have received, putting on the new man, the fruit of their fellowship within us can’t be anything but the precious gentle and meek spirit that flows out of our bellies like a river of living water and as fruit of great quality to benefit all that come around us. This is the beauty of the believer and the adorning that sustains every attraction.
From where do you derive your beauty, respect and honour? Don’t be like King Saul, whose life became one that though deserved to die, was only kept because he was once anointed of the Lord. We are more than the clothes we wear, the things we use, the looks we have, the cars we drive, or the houses we live in, no matter how expensive or attractive they are. We are more than the positions we occupy either in church, at work or in society no matter how highly exalted they may be. We are as exalted and as expensive as the fruit of the Spirit we bear, the quiet and the gentle spirit of the hidden new creation man within which before God is of great price. When we understand this, we’ll pay more attention to who we are on the inside through our relationship with God, no matter how much we work to look good on the outside. This is our beauty, this is our adorning.
Good morning and have a superb week!