Your true beauty is not about your cute external features. Instead, it is about the things that go on on the inside of you – the thoughts and intents of your heart (1 Peter 3:3-4).
If you are a follower of Christ, as you yield yourself to the Word and to the promptings of the Holy Spirit who lives and dwells in you, God’s loving nature and character will be reflected in your life and you will become more and more beautiful in Him.
I chose the phrase ‘Inward Beauty through the Word’ as the tag line for this blog because it reflects the story of my life. It is my testimony of how The Word of God has transformed my life and how God has filled me with His love, joy and peace exceedingly, abundantly, above all I could have ever imagined.
I was the teenager with zero (I mean zero!) self esteem who looked for love and acceptance in all the wrong places but didn’t find it. But the entrance of His word brought light to my life. I got born again and the course of my life was set in the right direction for eternity.
For many years after receiving Christ, I didn’t bear much fruit. My spiritual growth was stunted, I was not maturing in Christ and I was definitely not beautiful on the inside. At a certain point, I felt like God tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘Chizobam wake up and grow up.’ That was when I really began to walk with Christ and obey Him.
The truth is that by believing in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are made new creatures, holy in the sight of God and without spot or wrinkle (Colossians 1:22, 2 Corinthians 5:17). Our salvation is a fully based on Christ, not us (2 Timothy 1:9). However, having been made new creatures in Christ Jesus, we need to grow up (Colossians 3:10, 1 Peter 2:2). Otherwise, we will not fulfill our call on earth.
Jesus is the living word of God (John 1:1, Revelation 19:13). I have been transformed by my relationship with Him and by studying, meditating and obeying the written word through the power of the Holy Spirit. The more I fellowship with him through the word, the more I get transformed into his image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
I have not yet been perfected and I’ve fallen and failed innumerable times, but this I do; I pick myself up, forget what is behind, and press on toward the goal (Philippians 3:14). So today, like Apostle Paul, I can say the words “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
So this is why I write.
My writing is a reflection of my journey to inward beauty and maturity in Christ. Some of my posts will be personal and some will be didactic. The ‘schorlarly’ articles are based on what God is teaching me while the personal ones reflect my journey with the truth that has set me free. I invite you to journey with me and my prayer is that through this blog you will be encouraged to grow up spiritually and become more and more beautiful on the inside through the Living Word Jesus Christ. AMEN!!
This post is part of the Grace and Truth linkup on the Christian blog Arabah Joy. Click here for more details.