Thoughts on the Aging Process
The beautification market offers countless products and many promises to satisfy our vain quest for eternal youth. We rebel against the aging process, don’t we?
The promise I have staked my life upon is that of Jesus! To believe in Him is the assurance of eternal life- better than any wrinkle- removing offer of man!
Still, something happens to the appearance of the believer… an eternal youthful quality defines her life. Whatever is happening on the inside manifests on the outside.
“We live from the inside out.” -Jim Rodriguez
Now, I’m not promoting a message of choose Jesus and look better! I’m just saying that in addition to the eternal blessings, there are benefits to living a life of faith. What continues to happen on the inside affects what we reflect on the outside. It’s a beautiful by-product of the all-surpassing intimacy we have with Jesus.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
My most favorite description for the woman who walks faithfully with her Lord is, “She glows.” There is a radiant beauty in the believer whose heart is pure and whose hope soars. For the one who knows she never has to live a guilty moment in her life- her heart is light and her conscience is clear. Her eyes are bright and she smiles like no other! That’s not an age-defying cream at work- it’s the power of the blood of Jesus!
When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to grow up and lead an adult life. Now that I’m there, I’m absolutely desirous of maintaining a childlike heart. May my life be continuously defined as having faith like a child’s. To wholeheartedly trust my Father’s promises to me in Christ Jesus is to live apart from worry. I’m light on my feet and my outlook toward the future is exceedingly positive. I’ve read the end of the Book, and the outcome of it all is in the hands of the Ruler of the Universe, who, by the way, loves His children to death.
Thank You, Father! You did not withhold Your one and only Son, but gave Him for the payment of my sin! How will You not also, along with Him, graciously give me all things? My hope is in You!
Enough about the outward appearance! It’s absolutely secondary to the priority of the heart; therefore, “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:22). And let us find great encouragement in this passage:
“For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us…
It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence…
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4: 5-7, 13-14, 16-18, NIV).