Do you have a place in your house piled high with junk you don’t know what to do with? How would you feel if someone came along who promised to totally rearrange things for you? Someone who will permanently haul it all away, fill the space with beautiful new things, and promise never to tell anyone how bad it was to start with? Sounds good to me.
God promises to put you heart and life in order, and ornament it with goodness.
“Do not let your beauty (or handsomeness) be that outward adorning of arranging the hair, of wearing gold, or of putting on fine apparel; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJ)
Think about it! God is clearly defining for us what He calls precious.
First, the fact that it’s mentioned in the Word, says to me, it’s something God wants for us. He wants to ornament our hearts. That means to arrange and put in order. And, it’s incorruptible, not subject to death or decay.
Gentle is the opposite of a clutching, grabbing spirit. It’s an inviting grace of the soul.
The world says strive, push, grab, get your hands on as much as you can. Never mind if you lie, ruin relationships and run over people. As long as you get what you want, go for the gusto, be all that you can be because YOU being HAPPY is all that matters.
Unfortunately, in the Kingdom it’s NOT about YOU. When we put God first, He takes care the rest. No one wants you to succeed more than God does.
Years ago, I’d look at big ministries and think that’s what success looks like. The Lord patiently taught me that was incorrect. The unique expression of His character, meant for each of us to exhibit, must grow from the inside out. It can’t be forced. A blossom forced dies quickly.
Quiet means to keep one’s seat, to hold your ability or possession.
Gentleness and quietness is not repressed expression or forced submission. It’s strength without boastfulness. Strengths laid down sprout wings.
When we are pushed to our limits, but hold on white-knuckled to the hand of God . . . that’s precious in the eyes of God.
When enemies attack and we hold on with tenacity to the word of God . . . that’s precious in the sight of God
When everything looks bad and we can still say, “God has a plan and I choose to trust Him”. . . He calls that precious.
Lord, give us Your gentle and quiet spirit. We want to be precious in your sight. Thank you, Father, for new hearts and the promise of incorruptible beauty. You are so good, and we’ll be careful to give You the praise and glory for every good thing we see. Amen.