“Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:3&4)
Since the fall of man we have been attracted to flashy jewelry, clothes, cars, houses etc. When Adam chose to be drawn out into the external realm of life he became enamored with the earthly. Right from the start he and Eve created garments to cover themselves with from fig leaves. I think this indicates our need on a subconscious level to be covered in the glory of God.
It seems that before Adam and Eve disobeyed, by eating the forbidden fruit, they were covered in the glory of God. As soon as they broke the one law God had given them they saw that they were naked and covered up. Since then our entire history has been filled with new and elaborate ways in which to cover ourselves and hide from God while from God’s perspective it has been getting us to come to the realization that we are in need of an eternal, internal covering instead.
The verse above is speaking specifically to women but it is really talking to us all when it tells us our adornment is to come from within our spirits not merely on our exterior level. All the outer is destined to perish but the inner is being renewed day by day. Don’t misunderstand; I don’t think this is telling us we have to run around looking drab and homely all of the time but what its saying is real beauty, lasting beauty comes from within.
As we grow older the clothing, makeup and surgeries will fail us and all that will be left for us is the shine that comes from God’s Spirit. You know the shine I’m talking about; it’s the one that comes from having peace and contentment in life, a peace that passes understanding. The older you get the more you start to appreciate quiet moments and being able to just sit still. We are, after all, human beings not human doings.
Written by Louie