You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful: The Pop Song Jesus Is Singing To You Personally
You don’t know you’re beautiful. Shyly masking your appearance behind makeup, you live your life within cloud of insecurity. Am I pretty enough? Am I attractive and could anyone possibly love me? My body, my face, and my fashion holds no candle to the supermodels and their sexy figures splashed across every magazine cover.
A resounding “no” echoes within her mind. And thus, she attempts to mask herself in a lie—a covering-up with generous portions of foundation and color. But the covering can not possibly be applied enough to cover the true flaw—her insecurity. No physical blemish is seen to the true heart of love so well captured by One Direction and their song What Makes You Beautiful.
While certainly this pop hit has been incredibly popular among teens, as they fantasize these words being sung to them personally about their physical appearance, another deeper meaning can be seen.
This is a song that Christ sings over his bride—over you personally.
The scripture is filled with dozens of allusions to Christ’s relationship with those he has redeemed and saved. He died for his one and true love and bride. The creator of the universe has intentionally couched his relationship with us through the image of a relationship—a perfect husband finding his bride, declaring her holy, and through her husband, has become perfect. “The two become one flesh”—through the wedding of Christ and the sinner, the unclean is swept away. You are a beautiful bride!
In the words of One Direction, “If only you saw what I can see, You’ll understand why I want you so desperately, Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe, You don’t know, You don’t know you’re beautiful.” No exterior change needs to be made to make you more attractive to Christ. You are already perfect. Does this negate the fact that you might want to look “hot” for your man JC? By no means, we bush our teeth, wash our hair because we are loved—but not to gain his love!
Because of his love for you, he can truly say, “Baby you light up my world like nobody else, The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed.” He loves you like no one else—no other being in all creation was fashioned for this purpose but his bride—you above all beings in the cosmos. You are beautiful and loved.
Christ is singing this song over you and over your heart. No matter what you have done in the past, no matter how many times you have failed in whichever battle you are waging with yourself and sin, you are beautiful, loved, and perfect—and you need to know it.
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