The Best Beauty Treatment...this side of heaven!

Let’s take a moment to look back into history during the times of the gold-diggers and the beginning of the Anaconda Mining Company. There was a group of excited prospectors who set out from Bannock, Montana in search of gold. They went through many disappointments and hardships and some in their group died during the journey. At one point they were overtaken by Indians who stole their horses. They were so discouraged so they decided to head back to Bannock, Montana. While they were traveling one in the group picked up a little stone in the creekbed and cracked it open with a hammer. This little stone was enough for them to stop their journey and pan for gold in that very spot. In one day they gathered about $50.00 worth of gold which was a good sum of money in those days. They said to themselves, “We’ve struck it rich.” As they made their way to town they vowed to not breathe a word concerning their gold find and they kept their word. After a few days, very discreetly they equipped themselves to head out once again and when they were ready to go they were shocked to see about 300 men whose intentions were to follow them. They asked each other, “Who gave away the secret?” But no one had breathed a word. Yet later they discovered it was the beaming look on their faces that let the cat out of the bag. They could hide their words, but they couldn’t hide the look on their faces!

Undoubtedly, the most important thing that we wear each day is the expression on our faces. Billboards, magazines and tv advertisements promote all kinds of products that are supposed to transform our appearance to the extent that people will take notice of “that extra special something.” But the secret is out! The best beauty treatment in the world can be the BIBLE!! Did you know that having Christ in our lives will change the expression on our faces? In Psalm 42 and 43 the Bible says that “God is the health of our countenances.” The word “health” in the original Hebrew language is “yeshooah” which means “something saved, something delivered and something that prospers.” When God saves our sinful hearts it is going to show on our faces. Someone once said “Character cannot be counterfeited, it can’t be put on and it can’t be taken off.” But the character can and is transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit...and folks, it’s gonna show!

Additionally, Psalm 19:8 says “The commandment of the Lord enlightens the eyes.” So knowing and obeying God’s ways change even the very appearance of our eyes, which are windows to the soul. And you won’t find this kind of sparkle in a bottle! Then in Ecclesiastes 8:1 it says “A man’s wisdom makes his face shine.” So as we take God’s Word and see it, hear it, chew it, swallow it, digest it and we allow it to miraculously become a part of us, we are changed forever and we wear the evidence on our faces! Daniel 12:3 says “those who are wise will shine like the sky.” And folks, is there anything more visible and unconcealed as the sky? And think about it, when riding on a bus or an airplane, haven’t you ever spotted someone and said to yourself, “Now I know that person loves the Lord.” Somehow without a word, without a gesture and without any kind of signal a Christians “voice” can be heard. Someone once said “Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words.”

And where is it that we find this transforming wisdom? God’s word brings out the “the fear of the Lord (or the love of the Lord) is the beginning of wisdom,” and that much wisdom can be obtained by studying God’s Word. Then God’s wisdom gives a confidence that the world can’t give. God’s Word gives us a hope the world can’t give. And His promises give us a joy that the world can’t give. Can it get any better than this? Along with all this confidence, hope and joy comes a rich supply of blessings, including a changed appearance! It’s going to add that twinkle to our eyes and that skip to our step and that smile to our lips and people then start asking questions. “What does he have that I don’t have?” “Whatever she’s got, I want some.” And folks, this is the key to the most effective evangelism on the face of the earth. Because people are always drawn to the “honey,” and there’s nothing sweeter than a human being saturated in the love of Jesus!

Have you put your face on today? Spend some time with Jesus and His Word and it will make something beautiful happen on the inside, and it’s something that can’t help being seen on the outside. So get ready for the best beauty treatment you can get on this side of heaven!! “But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

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