Did you hear that over $426 billion a year are spent by women on beauty products?
There aren’t enough lifetimes nor money for a woman to try all the ubiquitous beauty advice, products, and services peddled from every corner of the eye. But no need to part with cash today! The Ultimate Beauty Book has costless yet priceless tips on how to be beautiful in the “inner woman”, that part of ourselves that gets renewed day by day even as our dust-destiny beckons and reminds us in the mirror, line by line, that beauty and youth are fleeting.
2 Cor 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
God’s standard for beauty is not external but internal.
1Sam 16:7 (NIV) But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Prov 31:30 (MSG) Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-GOD.
1Pe 3:3-4 (MSG) What matters is not your outer appearance-the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes, but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.
This ought to be a great encouragement in the quest for beauty because while we do not have a say on the direction of beauty externally, internally we do whenever we choose to cooperate with God’s Way to True Beauty! Here are some tips based on The Ultimate Beauty Book, the Bible. After all, God is Himself the Author of Beauty so His Word on it is an authority.
1. DETOX. Detoxification is that important process wherein we rid ourselves of toxic substances that harm us. While a major detox does a body good, we need to continually, intentionally refrain from taking in all these common toxins as they are part of our old nature.
James 1:20-21 (NIV) Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
2. HYDRATION. We can’t survive without water for long. We especially need it during exercise and when we are anywhere near fiery furnaces.
In the realm of the spirit where the inner woman prospers, by faith in Jesus, we become princesses—children of the King of Kings, He promises us that rivers of living waters will flow within us; the Holy Spirit guides, empowers, and helps us in our daily struggle to walk according to the will of God, in godly behaviour becoming of His princesses.
John 7:38-39a (Jesus said) Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
As the marshmallow encouragement for the gratification delay of our naturally self-oriented will, we can look forward to our sure hope that our passing sorrows will one day be over!
Reve 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘He will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'”
3. DIET. “You are what you eat” also applies to our inner being. What we feed our soul, we are. God’s Word is our pure spiritual milk, necessary for the spiritual growth of our inner (wo)man.
1Pet 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
If you and I ate only during Christmas and Easter every year, will we survive? How about if once a week buffet on Sundays only and not have any intake the rest of the week? We thrive and are at our best physically when we eat food regularly daily; so will we be spiritually with our spiritual food, the Word of God.
4. EXFOLIATION. Exfoliation is the (1) removal of scales from the surface; or (2) growth as if by unfolding leaves.
As with outward renewal, inward renewal involves the removal of those old natural-self ways to make way for God’s nature to unfold in the new self. In a progressive metamorphosis like the caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly, we keep getting changed into a better, godly person inwardly by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Eph 4:22-23 You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires to be made new in the attitude of your minds.
In seeking, abiding in, and obeying Christ, we are new creations.
5. RADIANCE. Common in beauty product ads are the words Glow. Luster. Dazzle. Shimmer. Luminescence. Radiance.
In the bible, there was someone whose face was radiant but it wasn’t because of any beauty product. It was from having a conversation with the Lord.
Ex 34:29 (NIV) When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
Rev 1:16b Jesus’s face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
Having an abiding relationship and communication with the Lord allows a continual trade-in of our toxins for His treats: instead of poverty, brokenness, captivity, darkness, mourning, despair, ruins, devastation, shame, disgrace— healing, freedom, comfort, beauty, joy, restoration, double portion, inheritance, reward, salvation, robes of righteousness, adornment! The heaviness and gloom can’t help but be lifted!
6. YOUTHFULNESS AND AGE-DEFIANCE. Trends in toys, fashion, and entertainment reveal
the measure of haste the young have to become mature although it is not as heavily directed towards helping the needy, looking for remedies for social ills and making the world a better place, or learning how to make godly choices; instead, it is manicures and makeup (cosmetic “maturity”), sex and violence, perhaps stemming from media and online entertainment that sometimes give the shaded notion that those are what the “Mature” can finally do.
For the mature in age, on the other hand, you would not find any products that hasten more maturity but an abundance of products and services that offer age defiance and youthfulness.
In the good book, maturity points towards full development of integrity, intimate relationship with God, and godly wisdom which are classically beautiful for any age.
Psalm 103:5 God satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 92:12-14 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree…planted in the house of the Lord… they will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.
7. WARDROBE. Ever been enticed by the “Must Have” lists from wherever there is print space? The items from “What You Must Have” list of 1970
must be somewhere in this pile:
Humility: Phil 2:3-5 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind, regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.
Perseverance Towards God: Phil 3:14-15 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you.
Gratitude: Col 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.
9. SELF-ACCEPTANCE. They say that even the most beautiful women of the world have something about themselves that they are not happy with. Have you noticed that you barely see ads for tanning products in the Philippines where the “typical Filipino” has the beautiful morena (tan) skin? What is a hit here is Skin Whitening. You would think people in predominantly Caucasian countries such as the US would be happy with their light skin but what sells there are suntan products. People seem to prefer what they are not or don’t have.
1 Thess 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Peter and Deonna Tanchi, teachers on Biblical Parenting, say that it is important to instill in children acceptance and gratitude for the things that they cannot change such as family, race, physical characteristics, history.
Psalm 139:13-14 For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
God is our Designer. He is the Designer of all designers. He is not mistaken. Everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made. People with disabilities, inabilities—or other features humans may reject— are beautiful to the Lord.
10. EXERCISE AND SELF-DISCIPLINE. What the body needs, the soul needs as well. We need to exercise our spiritual muscles to get strengthened spiritually. No pain, no gain. If you don’t use it (spiritual muscles), you lose it.
The apostle Paul gives this reminder, not to outdo others but to outdo oneself.
1Cor 9:24-26 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
There we have it: beauty tips that won’t hurt our pockets from The Ultimate Beauty Book, the Bible. The never-ending chase for beauty can wear us out in every way. Maybe that’s why God revealed kingdom secrets to us in all things— even in the department of beauty— so we can rest in Him. He cares even about the number of hairs on our heads! We are so loved by Him. How could we not be secure?
Here, a final prayer for us from the apostle Paul:
Eph 3:16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.