Every year billions of dollars are spent on beauty products and treatments. The cosmetic industry is one of the largest and most lucrative business enterprises in the world. Advertisers seek to sell practically everything, from cars to toothpaste to clothing, by appealing to people’s desire to look good. People want to be attractive. We want to attract positive attention and approval from others.
God has a lot to say about attraction. In the Bible He describes an attitude that is very attractive to Him. It is a heart quality that draws His positive attention. It also brings His power to us in very real and practical ways.
Take a look at the quality that is most attractive to God:
“The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.” — Isaiah 57:15 (NLT)
” … Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” — James 4:6 (NIV)
The quality that attracts God’s attention and prompts Him to pour out His favor on us is humility. God draws near to people who develop a humble spirit. It is one of the most attractive qualities a person can possess. It brings blessings, grace and the pleasure of God to us.
God is teaching us that real beauty — real attractiveness — is not external, it is internal. It is not a matter of cosmetics, it is a matter of character.
What is humility? How do we grow it and show it?
Here are a few characteristics of a humble person:
A humble spirit is the spirit of Jesus!
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” — Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)
Do you want to be attractive? Start on the inside. According to God, beauty begins with humility.