Conformity to Christ,  Womanhood

Can We Move On To Higher Things Now?

Fashion.
Makeup.
Self-image.
Perfect weight.
Flawless skin.

These are subjects that concern and consume unbelieving women, but also, concern and consume us believing women as well. I’m asking, should this be so?

I’ve grown weary with these subjects. Just plain tired of them. I feel they are robbing us of eternal mindsets and visions. Just think about it with me for a minute. Here we are in a world of darkness, souls are dying all around us, babies are being murdered every day, mothers have lost their mother-hearts, fathers are abandoning their posts, men and women are throwing off masculinity and femininity, families are broken down, tons of children are in foster care and thousands upon thousands are in need of salvation.

Now, we as Christian women are over here still worrying about clear skin, the perfect outfit, great makeup and a wardrobe to keep up with “that one friend” at church.
Oh, this makes me want to break down and weep for I have also been one of those. I spent almost all of my teen years and early 20’s focused on the wrong things until 3 years ago when Christ opened my eyes to Himself.

Oh, when are we going to weep? When are we going to see that we are focusing on the lamest of things? When will we let Christ come and break our hearts for Himself and for the dying around us?
I shudder at my own complacency to the lost around me. I want to live with eternity stamped on my eyes, but as long as I stay focused on worldly distractions, I don’t see it.

I don’t think Christ was or is concerned about our self-image.

If you read about the woman at the well and what Christ said to her, you don’t see it. He pointed her to Himself and told her that He was the water that she was looking for. A living water that would quench her thirst and never run dry.

Look at Mary sitting at Christ’s feet just listening to His every word and gazing upon His face. He said she choose the better part.

Look at the women who followed Him and served Him with housing and food. The women who ran  first thing in the morning to the tomb and look at Mary weeping because He was not there.

They were women who seemed to be concerned not with themselves but concerned and consumed with Christ. Christ always turns people to Himself. He is enough and He knows that. He also knows that you looking to be satisfied with yourself will never work.

So, why are we still focused on self so much?
Why are Christian women always trying to build up the women around them in this area of self-image?
Just yesterday I saw a girl walk up to another girl, look her up and down and then with sorta a sigh, tell her how amazing she looked. We all do this. We all feel the need to always make a comment on each other’s clothes or looks. Now, I’m not saying that giving a compliment to someone is wrong. It goes much deeper then that. It’s the over abundance of concern with these things that bother me.

I think it shows our lack of focus on Christ, eternity, and Kingdom work.

Has the thought ever occurred that maybe when we stop focusing on these things and instead turn our focus on Christ that we will actually find true freedom from the self-image that we all are looking for?

I am not saying that we should not be concerned if we are overweight and living very unhealthy lifestyles. Our bodies are the temple of God and we should seek to take care of them. I would suggest going before Christ and asking Him to show you if you are struggling with gluttony. It is a sin and most do not preach against it today. We instead want to make people feel comfortable in being overweight and not address the root problem. I’ve struggled with gluttony and didn’t know it until Christ opened my eyes to it through a sermon preached on the subject. Gluttony is basically an addiction to food. Much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. You can experience anger when someone points out your over-eating. Anger because you know it’s not right and because you feel too addicted to stop.
I know what it’s like.
I can say now, all glory to Christ alone, that He has worked in me the freedom from it. He delivered me from gluttony and I’ve lost 20 lbs since. He set me free from the bondage of fashion, self-body concern and comparing myself to others.
I praise Him alone with what He has done. It was not me. No, not me. He set me free.

Can we move on to higher things now?

Can we throw away all our fashion magazines, unsubscribe from the DIY makeup tutorials and throw out the chick flick movies that promote sensuality in dress and behavior? Can we get on our faces before God to repent and ask Him to deliver us from focusing on self instead of Christ?
Can we ask Him to set our eyes on eternal matters and not on things that will not matter in the Kingdom of God? Can we seek to set our eyes only on Christ and behold His glory, beauty, and holiness?
I want to keep growing in The Upward Way. I have SO far to go. But let us encourage each other to set our focus higher and move on to more weighty matters in the Kingdom.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2

May you press on to know Christ!
-Rae

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