Not everyone can win a beauty pageant.
The same is true for sports, academic positions, or artistic endeavors. Not everyone has the talents or skills to rise to the top.
But we can all take lessons, attend a trade school, or at least practice at what we need to improve.
Championship golfer Gary Player once replied to a fan who said he wished he could hit a ball like Player: “Get up at five every morning and hit a thousand balls. When your hands begin to bleed, apply a bandage and hit another thousand balls.”
That brings us to today’s question: How do we become beautiful in Christ? How can we win the Jesus beauty pageant, rise to the top in the Christian world, hit a hole-in-one like Gary Player?
1 Peter 2:11 has our answer.
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”
Peter has given us our Christian beauty regimen in a nutshell: “Abstain from fleshly lusts.”
So, what is a fleshly lust? We tend to think of lust in a sexual context, but let’s see it like Peter did:
1. To lust after something is to want to do anything that is contrary to the will of God.
2. The flesh is our human nature separated from God.
So, fleshly lust is any desire, want, or impulse that leads you further from God and not towards him.
We become beautiful in Christ when we apply prayer, time spent in the Word, and concern for our fellow man to our lives. These actions must become our daily beauty regimen so that we draw others to Jesus.
Jesus is our example. When we live like him, we become beautiful to the world.
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