Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Stage Names (Part 4)
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7 (NKJV)
Clearly, God loves beauty. He created magnificent things like flowers, rainbows, peacocks, and panthers. But He loves man best: 'God created man in His Own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them' (Genesis 1:27).
He calls us beautiful. The list of beautiful Bible heroes cannot be counted, but consider a few like...
Sarah: 'The Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful' (Genesis 12:14); Rebekah: 'The girl was very beautiful' (Genesis 24:16); Rachel: 'Rachel was beautiful of form and face' (Genesis 29:17); baby Moses: 'He was beautiful' (Exodus 2:2); young David: 'Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance' (1 Samuel 16:12).
Given this name, what are the star qualities of beauty?
1) Radiance: 'They looked to Him and were radiant' (Psalm 34:5). Random House Dictionary defines radiance as 'warm, cheerful light.' Beauty begins from within and it glows. Your cup is shining both inside and out (see Matthew 23:25-26).
2) Fitness: 'Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body' (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
God's performers must pursue natural beauty for four reasons:
First: 'Because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy' ' (1 Peter 1:16).
Second: To be ready for action 'As a good soldier of Jesus Christ' (2 Timothy 2:3). Jesus said, 'Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation' (Luke 22:46). Don't indulge in temptations that lead to poor health.
Third: To reflect God; to inspire godly jealousy, so that others will ask, 'What's your beauty secret?'
Fourth: To be most marketable in the 'lights, camera, and action' industry. To compete in a culture where appearance is more important than talent. To give the enemy no advantage--not even a superficial one.
Therein is stage name #4: Beautiful.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Stage Names series.