Why We Must Stop Idolizing Our Bodies, It's Our Heart That Matters!
1 Peter 3- 4
3 Don’t let your beauty consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes, 4 but rather what is inside the heart,—the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
As Christians we are promised a resurrection body not unlike that which Christ lives in now.
Currently in our fallen, broken sinful selves and world we attempt to make the one we have now last through surgery, medications & meditation as well as food and may other things.
But they ALWAYS fail, we grown old, we decay and we die.
The sooner we stop this obsession the better.
Life is short, very short and you may die today?
Our Lord, our creator will not be evaluating what you did to your body so much as what you did with your heart and your spirit.
We are easily talked into shallow and superficial fixes in life. We always want the easy, comfortable and painless way out.
But God knows better and he knows how depraved and evil we truly can be.
Always in our daily Christian walk, it’s the heart that matters.
The Lord said to the prophet Samuel, “The LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” - 1 Sam. 16:7.
From the heart flows life - Prov. 4:23.
The Apostle Peter was very specific “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” - 1 Pet. 3:3–4.
Peter warns us not to put our hope or any value in our hair, jewels or clothing. Why? These are things that pass away, things that display worldly status. The things we cannot see are imperishable, not of this world and that is where our hope lies.
We must put aside our idolization of our bodies and develop hearts centered on the God who does not pass away. We must learn not to be anxious but be gentle, quiet, not prone to freaking out, because we trust in Christ Jesus above all else.
All of us are free to enjoy the many gifts that God has given us, but we cannot depend on outward adornment that decays and dies.
Our inward identity is in Christ alone, nothing else, no one else.
The answer to our longing remains the same, we must pray, confess our sins (1 John 1:9) and repent our our behavior and foolish thinking and come to know our Lord!!