When we bought our house back in July 2016, we had already seen the house and given some thought in to how we wanted to make it more appealing to be seen. The previous owners hadn’t gone through the process of really sprucing up the outside all that much. Which was fine for the hubby and I since we are both DIY people.
Fast forward eight months to present day, and we are just now starting to work on our gardens and reworking the landscape. We live in a beautiful rule area and have a few neighbors. Most of whom own farm land.
Having a green thumb naturally, I am the one who picked the flowers, shrubs, and other filler plants to adorn the outside of our dwelling. Tending to the ground with soil enriching food and mulch to lock in the moister on the hot southern summer days. As I have started investing more and more time out in our garden…. I had began to neglect the inside of our home. Letting the dust accumulate, the floors would go a day or two with out being swept or moped, the kitchen began to look messy. I had given in to the desire to make our houses external appearance a priority over the inner living space.
Using my home as a metaphor, here is my message for the day on how the disception of external beauty can cover up the problems going on inside ones spiritual dwelling.
Curb appeal is a term most people use when describing the exterior appearance of a home or a business. How does it draw the eyes?
So what is my spiritual curb appeal as a Christian woman?
The deception that physical beauty is to be esteemed above beauty of heart, spirit, and life leaves both men and women feeling unattractive, ashamed, embarrassed, and hopelessly flawed in todays society.
Comparison, envy, competitiveness, promiscuity, sexual addictions, eating disorders, immodest dress, flirtatious behavior—the list of attitudes and behaviors rooted in a false view of beauty is long.
What can set women free from this bondage?
Only the Truth can overcome the lies we have believed. God’s Word tells us the Truth about the transitory nature of physical beauty and the importance of pursuing lasting, inner beauty:
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
This verse dose not teach, as some might think, that physical beauty is somehow sinful, or that it is wrong to pay any attention to our outward appearance. That is just as much a deception as the lie that places an overemphasis on external beauty. What is condemned is taking pride in God-given beauty, giving excessive attention to physical beauty, or tending to physical matters while neglecting matters of the heart.
Do you know who you are?
God made you a woman. Accept His gift. Don’t be afraid to be feminine and to add physical and spiritual loveliness to the setting where He has placed you. You are a child of God. You are a part of the bride of Christ. You belong to the King—you are royalty. Dress and conduct yourself in a way that reflects your high and holy calling. God has called you out of this world’s system—don’t let the world press you into its mold. Don’t think, dress, or act like the world; inwardly and outwardly, let others see the difference He makes in your life.
We as Christian women should seek to reflect the beauty, order, excellence, and grace of God through both our outward and inner. Further, if we makes no effort to be physically attractive for our husbands, we may be sure another woman out there will be standing in line to get his attention.
The external appearance of the Christian woman is to reflect a heart that is simple, pure, and well-ordered; her clothing and hairstyles should not be distracting or draw attention to herself by being extravagant, extreme, or indecent. In this way, she reflects the true condition of her heart and her relationship with the Lord, and she makes the Gospel attractive to the world.
“Adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.” 1 Timothy 2: 9–10 (NKJV)
Be blessed and have a wonderful day everyone!