Have you ever had a friend whom you didn’t think was particularly attractive in the worldly sense, but you were drawn to them in some way? Or have your friends chosen mates you didn’t find attractive? Perhaps you’ve had friends who were more popular than you, yet you felt you were more intelligent or attractive, or both. Maybe, we are looking at others with the wrong eyes, and not with God vision. And maybe our friends and acquaintances who are attracted to these others, are seeing beyond what we see. I have noticed some people have a glow about them, they emanate a joy or a confidence that others don’t. I hope that I do. It’s knowing that God has you. It’s knowing that no matter what, we have a place to turn. We have hope. I think this glow, is the light of our redeemed soul.
Have you ever thought how easy it was for Jesus to slip away in the crowd when he needed to? There were times he needed to be alone and when his time hadn’t come. He easily slipped through crowds, unnoticed. Would you know Jesus if you saw him? I hope I would, but would I? I believe if I was allowing The Holy Spirit to control my vision I would. There is a verse in Isaiah that was describing how the Messiah – Jesus would look.
Isaiah 53:2 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.
So if Jesus could just blend into his surroundings, he had no majestic countenance or beauty about his appearance, what made him draw so many to him? He had a beautiful soul and he loved us all! What is it that makes others beautiful to us? Is it their outward appearance or their soul? Because even the harshest soul can be transformed through the love of Jesus. So the next time we think someone is unattractive, I challenge you and myself to look beyond their outward appearance and look to their beautiful soul or the possibility of a transformed one! Everyone has a beautiful soul, it just needs to be redeemed. In that light, everyone is beautiful.