Cosmetic surgery has been a booming business for many years. An amazingly high percentage of people have had one, two and in some cases several operations to correct things they believe are wrong with their bodies. Many of these are not abnormalities or dangerous growths but the natural effects of aging and the results of abusing the human anatomy. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 15.6 million cosmetic procedures, including both minimally invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2014. In addition, 5.8 million reconstructive surgery procedures were performed.
The really tragic thing about all this is how much attention people give to the outside. Our society is often too concerned about being just the right weight, being sure that, before we leave the house, we have the right dab of color on the lips or the eyes or that we spend time in the gym developing the right muscle definition.
Please don't misunderstand: I don't want to suggest that we shouldn't take the proper care of our bodies, or even that we shouldn't care about how we look when we present ourselves to others. Christians are to faithfully avoid the abuse of the physical body. In the context of avoiding fornication, Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Peter said to Christian women regarding how they should seek to influence their husbands, "Do not let your adorning be external - the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear - but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious" (1 Peter 3:3-4).
The beauty of godly character never fails; it never washes off, and gravity never affects it. It never has to be nipped or tucked. The spiritual attractiveness of the Christian's inner self speaks the language of God.
Whether man or woman, let's pay attention to maintaining a beautiful inner self, and God will be pleased and glorified by others.