Yesterday we began looking at Jesus discussion on anxiety and worry, and specifically our food, sustenance and just whom we are depending on for that daily bread. But while many of us do treasure our food place a high value on it, many others would rather starve than look bad. But the apostle John told us “all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 1 John 2:16 ESV. Your true beauty is not what the eyes see – either your eyes looking out or the world looking in upon you. And without the inner beauty that lives within our soul, outer beauty can just draw extra attention to the beauty that is not on the inside. “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” Proverbs 11:22 ESV
Jesus understood how much we care about our appearance, and he told us – don’t worry about it. A major point of our physical appearance is our height. We worry about being too short, some (especially women) might worry about being too tall. But the verse which is translated here in the ESV as “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:27 ESV is translated in the King James as “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” Matthew 6:27 KJV. Of course both are true, by our worrying we can’t add a day to our lives or an inch to our height. Regardless of the translation, the same truth remains – we don’t control any of it, never have and never will. In any case, our height has nothing to do with our value as a human being or the true beauty of our soul.
If you ask most people, they will tell you that true beauty is on the inside. But that doesn’t stop us from worrying about our appearance. That doesn’t stop the hours many of us spend daily on beauty preparation, or the tens of billions we spend annually. Despite which, as Jesus says, Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. No matter how hard we try, we can’t measure up to the beauty that exists in God’s own creation. We can’t even compete with the flowers of the field. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? The flowers are here today and gone tomorrow, yet for all of our time and dollars given towards our own appearance, we can’t begin to compete with what will simply become fire fuel. Jesus doesn’t even mention majestic mountains, where sandy beaches, the sunrise and the sunsets that happen everyday, the northern light, the waterfalls, the clouds, or any of the other stunning beauty we take for granted everyday. None of which we can begin to compete with, yet we fret and worry over what we want and think someone else’s eyes will see. We don’t understand that God created us inherently with all the greatest beauty in the world. We just don’t get that nothing we do will match the beauty God sees every time he looks at you. Or me. “And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” Colossians 3:4 NLT
“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:28-34 ESV