Magnifying God in Our Appearance
We are in the world, but we are not of this world. This is even more reason why, as daughters of the King, we should stand out from the crowd. People should see us and know we are royalty, heirs to a throne - that there is something that sets us apart.
We are representatives of Christ. We are His mirror. When people see us they are supposed to see Christ.
“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 New King James Version)
Day by day as we are drawing closer to God, we are transforming into His image which is glorious to behold. Glory by definition is someone or something of high renown, magnificence or great beauty, with descriptive words such as splendour, wonderful, admirable. These are the attributes we must display as children of God. We are His offspring!
I have been learning about what it means to be a child of God and the type of character we must bestow upon ourselves so that other people want what we have. We are meant to have and live a life desirable to others. We need to stop living and behaving as though we are worth less than we truly are. We are to be a mirror image of the very character God has.
“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, NKJV)
We have been made in the image of God from the beginning of earth’s existence. In all that we do and in the way we behave, we must always remember where we come from and who our Father is. We must be confident and proud, having the knowledge that God created us in His image.
When I think of God, I see him as the ultimate creative. I think back to the creation of the world and the intricacies and details he put into creating you, me and everything. Being a creative myself, His creativity inspires me to dive into that characteristic more.
When I see the difference in individuals, in style and in character, I am reminded of the many facets of God. How, in every moment spent with Him, He reveals a different side of Himself to us.
I want to present myself to the world in a way that represents God well. I desire for people to see me and see the glory of God not only through my actions but also my appearance. I think being creative with style is a great way to demonstrate the creativeness of our God. Of course, we are all entitled to dress how we like but there is also no harm in experimenting either. I wanted to open your mind to the endless possibilities of how we can magnify God in various areas of our lives, style being one of them and our character being another.
We live in a world in which people use their outward appearance to express themselves, make bold statements or even hide who they really are from others.
As a style enthusiast, I like to observe people’s styles. I love to people-watch; as a designer, I imagine the process it took to construct the garments and even how the wearer carefully coordinated their clothes that morning to form the desired outfit they now wear.
Appearance is the first thing a person is judged on when they meet someone, whether that is based on facial features or the clothes they choose to adorn themselves with. I wish it wasn’t in our innate nature to judge a book by its cover, but that is the way of the world. People are easily disregarded or assumed to have a certain personality just from the way they look. They may be labeled and placed within a societal group because they have a certain look. We should be aware that this is the case as Christians, as what we exude will be observed and judged.
I use style and fashion as a way to express myself. I am also very self-aware and conscious of the type of message I deliver when I wear what I do. Sometimes I will double take and rethink an outfit because of how it could be perceived and whether it is appropriate for where I am going. I think to myself, ‘would it present me in a way that pleases God or would others question my integrity toward my Christian walk?’
As much as I believe that our inner person is much more important, our outward appearance is still worth the thought and effort. Our outward appearance should be considered if it is the first thing we are judged upon. It could be the very thing that attracts someone to you, a conversation starter that leads you to talk about your faith walk.
I encourage you to think more about how you can magnify God through your appearance whether it is internally, externally or both.
What type of person are you portraying? What do people see when they see you? Let them see Jesus!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.