God is doing a stunning work described in 2 Corinthians 3:18. As women adore Jesus Christ, they start reflecting God’s glory.
Are you using your ministry to bring women into the glories of the new covenant? Here is one tip for leading women into deep adoration for Jesus Christ that results in powerful transformation: Be diligent to use your sacred time with women to marvel at the beauty of Jesus — whether it be His mercy, grace, patience, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, justice, wisdom, power—the list goes on. Let your teaching, mentorship, activities and events flow from this starting point. When people see the dazzling beauty of Jesus Christ, wildfires of worship and transformation will spread. And we will remember with deep joy, “This is why I am in ministry!”
Why does beholding the beauty of Jesus Christ lead women to become like Him? Beauty is linked with pleasure. It inspires love and possesses a power to motivate the human heart toward the object of beauty. C.S. Lewis wrestles to put words to this reality:
“We do not merely want to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”
When we see pictures of beautiful islands or snow-peaked mountaintops, we want to go there. When we see a beautiful object we want to take it home. Beauty creates a pleasure that makes us want more than to simply behold it. Beauty motivates us to be united with it.
Now our heavenly Father is not an object; He is a Person. And He made us in His image. The most fundamental answer to the question “What does it mean to be human?” is this: God created us to love Him and to be like Him (Genesis 1:27). In other words, God WIRED us to behold His beauty, which motivates us to imitate Him as our Model and thus glorify Him throughout the world.
Satan knows we are wired to imitate what we see as beautiful. Thus, he skillfully attempts to redirect our focus away from the Creator toward creation. May we, as ministers and stewards of God’s glory, be diligent to show people the beauty for which their hearts truly yearn!