God created you for beauty – and redeemed you for beauty – so that you and your joy and peace and gratitude for what he’s done for you in Christ would be put on display in a dark, watching world.1
Created for beauty. What a magnificent thought. Could it be that someone as plain and unremarkable as I, could have actually been created for beauty? If this is true, I want to grasp this hope with both fists and cling to it for all I’m worth. Beauty. The kind that can only come from deep within the well of a soul. The kind that cannot fade with age, no, on the contrary, the kind that can actually grow more intense the longer we journey these shadowlands exposing our hearts to the Source, to the Light.
Like a glow-in-the-dark Cracker-Jack ring, we don’t radiate brightness into a dark world until we are brought out of our own darkness and exposed to the light, and even then, the light we give is not our own.
The greatness that men seem to have is as the greatness of moonlight, which is but the glory of the sun reflected. Man’s glory is borrowed. He shines in the light that never was on land or sea. He reflects God’s greatness but has none of his own.2
And as with that plastic ring, our radiance will only grow, will only remain as long as we remain utterly exposed to our Light Source. The secret to radiating the beauty of a God-soaked life is exposure to God himself, and the more prolonged your exposure, the more brilliant your light.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15-17
It isn’t enough to simply radiate with the beauty of God’s light. If we were created for beauty, it was for the sake of a watching world so those who are seeking, might recognize that which they seek in you, and you may, in turn, have the extraordinary privilege of exposing them to Jesus, the one who caused the veil in the temple to be torn wide open, granting us full access to the life-giving light of God himself.
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 1 John 1:5-6
Spiritual darkness is a nasty affliction that can affect even those who claim to walk in Light. What a sad picture. To see one who stands at the door, key in hand, refusing to release the lock that will flood their shadowed soul with radiant light. Open the door, expose yourself to God’s magnificent light with ongoing, intentional soaking baths of the living word of God as presented in scripture and through authentic communication with God through prayer and meditation.
Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light. Luke 11:35-36
Finally, let’s not mistake our goodness for light. We are not good. Only God is good. The best we can do is reflect the light of God to a dark and searching world. Let’s make sure the Light we reflect is compelling and brilliant. Like the Craker-Jack ring, we are only as brilliant as the Light we absorb. Let’s bask in the presence of our God of Fire and Rainbows until our brilliance is beautiful.
1.Jesus+Nothing=Everything, Tullian Tchividjian, 2. Man – The Dwelling Place of God, A.W. Tozer