Devotion for Saturday, September 24, 2022

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes” (1 Peter 3:3).

Think about how much we focus upon what others see or think about us.  The truth is probably that they do not think about us any more than we think about them.  They too are worried about appearances.  What a waste.  Focus upon what is inside you.  Let the Holy Spirit come in and help to clean your house.  Let the beauty the Lord has created be what others see in you at all times.  Live in His presence.

Lord, You know how much time, effort, and money I spend trying to look good.  You know how often I embellish, or boast in order to have others look at me.  Lead me, O Lord, so that I would not look to myself, but look to You.  Guide me in such a way that I would reflect what You have given me outwardly in order that others may see what I do and see Your beauty.  You are the Creator of all things and what You have created is beautiful.

Thank You for the salvation You have given me, Lord Jesus.  I no longer need to work so hard at the impossible task of being perfect.  Instead, lead me in the way of salvation.  What I look like is what I look like.  Who I am is in Your hands.  Between these things is freedom.  Guide me, dear Lord, so that I would look to You and see the beauty of reality and see it shining out through me always.  Amen.