What is beautiful? Name the first three things that come to mind.
I can imagine they would be things or people dear to your heart. Or maybe it was something pleasing to your senses. Something harmonious, excellent, gratifying, original.
What about: Sacrifice? Brokenness? Surrender? Weakness? Redemption? Did they come to mind when you were thinking of something beautiful?
The Father’s kind of beautiful is a broken life, acknowledging its weakness, surrendering its will and eager to sacrifice whatever is needed in order to make the Father known. This opens the door to redemption.
Why do we miss the beautiful in the broken areas of our lives and in the lives of others? Why do we try to cover up and pretend? Whom are we trying to impress?
Paul writes: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (Galatians 1:10)
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians that we have the Father’s light shining in our hearts. As a result “we can know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” We carry that treasure in our hearts but we ourselves are like clay pots. The beauty of this truth is that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. That great power is called Redemption.
When Jesus came and moved amongst humanity his primary purpose was to reveal the heart of the Father. The Father’s heart is to redeem the ugly, the broken, the rejected. This is beautiful.
When Jesus walked the streets revealing His Father’s heart,
The blind could see. The deaf could hear. The lame could walk. The dead were raised. Storms were calmed. A way was opened for lives of integrity, humility, purity.
One touch, a few spoken words and redemption, restoration entered people’s worlds and brought hope of a different way of living.
Living for the audience of ONE, my Father, I want to pursue the beautiful as an act of redemption. I want to seek to redeem beauty from the broken. How?
- By recognising and revealing the Father’s heart. The very heart that brings beauty to our brokenness, strength to our weakness, blessing to our surrender and sacrifice.
- By bringing the finished work of the cross into every situation and relationship.
When Jesus hung on the cross a message of hope broke into the world, never to be revoked or changed.
When He cried “It is finished” and the curtain was torn from top to bottom the way was opened up for redemption and restoration, never to be blocked again.
When Jesus rose again on the third day, resurrection power burst into the world available to anyone who wants it.
Paul says, “As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvellous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.” (2 Corinthians 6:1)
The Father wants his children to live in the reality of the finished work of Jesus on the cross. It’s bursting with love, hope, and power. People need this message. They are crying out for it.
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its time. He has planted eternity in the human heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Whatever we are facing today, if we allow the finished work of the cross to enter our world, we will experience the Father’s love. We will have His hope. We will receive His power. This is the treasure we are carrying in clay pots which will point to the Father.
Eugene Peterson writes, “When Jesus suffered on the cross, he connected the worst humans do with the best God does. For the cross on which Jesus died is also the place of resurrection. ‘Keep your eyes on Jesus’ and you’ll find that the place you thought was death is the very place where the resurrection power of God is at work to bring you life.”
Be encouraged! The resurrection power of God is at work today to bring life and beauty to the dead and ugly.