Monday, February 6th, 2012
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)
'Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?' (Evil Queen; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Once upon a time in the true land of Heaven, a perfectly beautiful angel named Lucifer got proud (see Isaiah 14:12-15). Throughout the history of the Bible, kings got proud, too. In the present day empire of Hollywood, pride is a way of life.
Pride or 'excessive self-esteem' (World English Dictionary), stands in opposition to the esteem of God. But in truth, nothing can stand against the Lord of Hosts. Satan fell: 'I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven' (Luke 10:18).
Kings fell: 'Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground' (Ezekiel 28:17). 'In vain do you beautify yourself' (Jeremiah 4:30). Proud stars will fall, too. Some fall in spectacular explosions with paparazzi swarming like flies.
Other stars fade quietly, but all will be cast down, because 'Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord' (Proverbs 16:5).
God says, 'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind' (Romans 12:2). Therefore, do not conform to Hollywood standards by crazy diets, fake hair, plastic surgery, or anything artificial. Instead, be transformed by and into true radiance.
The entertainment industry will call your radiance 'charisma,' or the 'it factor,' because you glow on auditions. You speak with power and charm. You shine uniquely and look like no other. To them, that's bookable. To Christ followers, that's God. More specifically, His Holy Spirit within you.
How do you get more of this 'God Factor?' Stare into the right mirror. Look at it every moment you can.
Where do you find this right mirror? In scripture, prayer, fellowship, and helping other people. Because by studying the King of kings, you begin to look like a king, and that's as close to perfect beauty as you can get this side of Heaven.
P.S. For an easy-to-read and scripturally referenced story on Satan's downfall, check out this link: raptureready.com/rr-doom.html