I was challenged recently as I read through 1 Peter 3. This passage speaks to wives and their relationship with their husbands. It tells us that the unsaved husband may be won without his wife saying a word, as he observes her behavior. Then Peter addresses the way we should adorn ourselves as women.
1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
My journal reads,
Too often I worry about my outside appearance because that is what people will see, but I do not take time to care for my inner man. Though the outside may give testimony to the inner man, the latter is far more important and should be addressed first.
How much time do we spend in front of the mirror? Smoothing wrinkles. Covering blemishes. Brushing hair. We want to look good when we go out and are around other people. Should we not show the same care for our inner man? We need to take time to look into the mirror of God’s Word and allow Him to smooth the wrinkles and wash away the blemishes of sin. We need Him to set our lives in order so that when we minister to other people, they see Him reflecting from our inner mirror.
My desire is to care for my spiritual life just as much, if not more, than I care for my physical appearance each day. This takes intentional decisions. It won’t just happen on its own or “fall into place.” I must purpose to take time to look into the mirror each morning.