Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Beautiful! Like Esther (Part 6)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His Face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Matthew 17:1-2 (NKJV)
In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been captured with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother.
Esther 2:5-7 (NKJV)
Hadassah, a.k.a. Esther, was raised in Persia by Mordecai. They were descendents of the captives taken by Nebuchadnezzar from Israel. In the great kingdom of Persia, Hadassah was nobody special from nowhere good. Therefore, Mordecai gave her the stage name of Esther.
He realized her potential. She was a rising beauty who needed a fair chance in the royal beauty competition. With a non-Jewish name, she might be considered a mysterious stranger, rather than a known loser. By God's plan, Esther won.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are rising beauties. It doesn't matter where you started or how you think you look. It only matters where you're going and how God knows you look. To Him, you are marvelous stars:
'Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever' (Daniel 12:3).
But what if the world judges you as plain? Then the world is wrong, and God is right. In faith, agree with Him--not them. 'Arise, shine for your light has come. The glory of the Lord has risen upon you' (Isaiah 60:1). See yourself from His Eyes. If you do, you will be transformed into His Image.
New York fashion photographer, Glynis Carpenter, has photographed thousands of models, including stars and celebrities. Admittedly, to become a star for God, you need shine in the front of the camera. Here's what Glynis says about it:
'Beauty is confidence. Being attractive to the camera has less to do with bone structure and more to do with confidence. Being comfortable and happy in your skin makes a good picture. I've shot people the world might consider unattractive, but they photographed beautifully. It's not magic by my hand. It's about God's Hand--and seeing themselves as His creation.' (Glynis added: 'Practice helps, too!')
Consider the look of Jesus, the Man: He chose a humble occupation and a humble appearance. But on the mountain of transfiguration, His true appearance was revealed to Peter, James and John. He was radiant.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: To become players in king media's game, you must look cool and fashion forward. But don't get fixated on that part. Instead, follow a simpler beauty procedure: immerse yourself in Christ. Live in Him and His Word.
Admittedly, it will cost you everything you have, but the result is worth far more.
To Be Continued...
* The Book of Esther: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Esther+1-10
** 'What did Jesus look like?' http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-look-like.html
** Article on The Transfiguration of Christ: https://bible.org/seriespage/transfiguration-christ-luke-927-36
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther series.