Saturday, November 14, 2015

The only true beauty comes from a life fully surrendered to Jesus Christ; written for our young Christian sisters

True Beauty
by Leslie Ludy
The only true beauty comes from a life fully surrendered to Jesus Christ,
where yourself has died, has gone out of the way and
He can be seen in you and through you.
John the Baptist said I must decrease so that HE might increase.
If we're in the way, if we're pursuing the things we want to pursue,
living the life that we want to live,
His beauty will not be seen in and through us.
And we may have a life that looks a little bit cleaner
a little bit more moral than the girls all around us
but we won't have the essence of the true Gospel Life, which is
becoming a living sacrifice for our King.
Nothing that we have is our own anymore.
We don't have time of our own, money of our own,
resources of our own, plans of our own.
It's now all about Him. It's not about us.
When we grow up in Christianity over here, a lot of times,
we hear about how we're beautiful and we have all this value and,,
we live in a culture that just bombards us with messages of insecurity.
So this message of "you're not good enough, you're not pretty enough, you don't have the right figures,," constantly comes,,
so the Christian community has come and said,
"no, no, you're good, you're beautiful just the way you are",

but the danger of that message is,,it often promotes self-esteem and
we're looking within ourselves trying to find our value, our beauty and our worth.
While we are valuable to Jesus Christ but
we really won't have true beauty until He transforms us from the inside out.
I see a lot of girls all of our free time, go to facebook, texting with friends,
watching movies, watching TV, obsessing over guys,
trying to figure out what we're going to wear,
going to the mall
frittering our life away on these meaningless things.
Meanwhile there are Christians on the other side of the world literally
giving up their very lives for Jesus Christ.
So I want to challenge you
that what we see all around us and maybe even the version of Christianity
that we've grown up with that
God is calling us to more than this.
Christ said that whoever of you doe not forsake all that he has, cannot be His disciple.
It's not just saying a sinner's prayer.
It's not just saying "Oh, this is really great. Now I can go to heaven at the end of the road."
This is about giving up our life.
It's about a covenant exchange with Him. It's about forsaking all that we have.
When we come to Him, do we realize that we can't hold on to our life.
We have to take up our cross and follow Him. We have to become a living sacrifice.

We have to let Him have everything.
It's a life of true surrender, full surrender.
He said, "whoever does not take up My Cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me."
,,for me I did not understand what it really meant,,
but what is He asking of us?
He gave everything.
Will we give everything to Him?

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