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.
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.
Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother.
Hadassah, a.k.a. Esther, was raised in Persia by Mordecai. They were descendants 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, stars and celebrities. 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 attitude. 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!')
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 externals. Instead, follow a simpler beauty procedure: immerse yourself in Christ. Live in Him and His Word.
Admittedly, it will cost you everything, but the result is worth far more.
## Beautiful Like Esther: Rising Beauty (Part 10)
* The Book of Esther: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Esther+1-10
NOTE: Parts 5-31 of this series are republished edits of a 2014 series called, Beautiful Like Esther. In them you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther Update series.