RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Tuesday 16 April 2013
A FAIR VIRGIN?
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “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 ¡sin the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:4
Read: 1Peter 3:1-4
Bible in one year: 2Chronicles 10-13
Prayer point: Father, thank You for saving me. Lord, let Your beauty radiate in and through me that it may attract everyone I should attract into your kingdom.
Those called to take part in the beauty contest at Shushan the palace during the reign of Ahasuerus were more than just virgins. They were also fair and young.
“Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, let there be fair young virgins sought for the king.” Esther 2:2
In other words, virgins who were not beautiful were naturally exempted from the pageant. This is about what makes them outstanding among virgins, what makes them attractive. It is common for employers in need of fresh university graduates to request graduates with a second class upper grade, yet they will do everything it takes to grab the very few first class graduates. Those with a second class lower grade will be less appealing to them, while those with third class may hardly be considered. This means, by their grades they are sought or ignored. Their grades either make them attractive or repulsive. What is in your life that is making you attractive? It ¡s not enough to be a virgin. You must be a beautiful virgin. Many sisters spend a lot to be physically attractive but barely do anything about making themselves beautiful inwardly. In the Christian faith, the inner beauty is more important.
“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 ¡sin the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:4
Naturally, people are attracted to someone who is beautiful or pretty. There is a natural pull from the beautiful fellow to the beholder. It is not only women that need this inner beauty but every virgin in Christ. When your spirit man is with priceless treasures as meekness and your life will suddenly begin to pull people you, even when you lack physical beauty. If a lady is beautiful but internally ugly, she will repel good coming towards her by her internal state. Even when physical beauty attracts the right men, it takes the the internal beauty to sustain that relationship. It is the fruit of the spirit that beautifies virgins; this is why you must give every attention to prayerfully and practically cultivate the fruit of the Spirit, without which you will be disqualified from heaven’s contests.