There was a man on the radio recalling an unforgettable memory from highschool; a very akward memory. You may wonder what the big deal is, afterall, who hasn’t experienced an akward teenage moment? Well this particular memory has a relevant message for the culture of today.
It was the day of his high school prom, a social pinnacle. His date was beautiful and he couldn’t wait for evening to arrive. Suddenly his excitement turned to horror. How could something so devestating occur on the morning of his prom? Of all days! What was he to do?
He woke up just like every other morning but on this particular morning, as he looked in the mirror, he was appalled to find a pimple on the tip of his nose.
But this was no ordinary pimple, it was a grossly engorged cystic pimple. How humiliating! How devesating! He didn’t know what to do.
He thought about putting makeup on it, but makeup wouldn’t hide the enlarged growth it would only highlight the obvious.
He thought about putting a bandaid on it, but that would be way too obvious and cause curiosity amongst his piers.
After much thought he came to a decision. He decided to cancel his date and not go to his prom.
It’s a shame that the culture we live in today has caused us to be so concerned about our outward appearance. One blemish can cause an uproar in our social life. One blemish can alter the events of our future. One blemish can cause us to run and hide.
We avoid cameras because of a bad hair day. A little extra weight causes us to shy away from social scenes (especially when food is involved).
A wrinkle only leads to more so we look for that magical youth serum that doesn’t exist.
A grey hair? Could old age already be upon us? We mourn over the loss of our youth.
A blemish will cause us to do anything to hide it, even if it means we stay out of the public scene until it disappears.
We are ashamed of the visible flaws but what we should be more concerned about are the blemishes in our heart.
“Do not let your adorning be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine clothing. But let it be the hidden nature of the heart, that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. ”
1 Peter 3:3-4 MEV
The Lord is more concerned about the condition of your heart. He does not care about your fancy clothes, or your immaculant hair or your flawless complexion.
You see, God has created you in His image:
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ”
Genesis 1:27 MEV
God has already created you beautiful on the outside, for you are made in His image and the Lord is beauty:
“For how great is His goodness, and how great His beauty!”
Zechariah 9:17a MEV
The beauty that is precious to God is your gentle, peaceful nature and sanctified heart. That’s the only thing that matters, the only thing you should be concerned about.
Don’t let one blemish cause an uproar in your relationship with Christ. Don’t let one blemish alter the promises God has in store for you. Don’t let one blemish cause you to miss the marriage supper of the Lamb.