Christians should be better looking than average people.
The apostle Paul says that when we look in the mirror, over time we should see the sheen of Jesus looking back. The Bible teaches that Christ is in us. But more…
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory…”– 2 Corinthians 3:18
Paul is saying that Christ living in a believer is an observable fact. Imagine the Apostle James, who was the half-brother brother of Jesus, noticing a family resemblance to the Lord as he looks in the mirror. Similarly, we, too, are to be growing to look like more and more like our older brother Jesus. It is amazing, isn’t it? A makeover is happening to us by the power of God. The Message Bible translates it, “our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” More beautiful. Better looking.
Oh, we can resist becoming better looking by clinging to shabby behaviors, unkempt souls, or poor spiritual hygiene. Even so, I often see this transformation in many average Christians I know. Outwardly, when people look at them they clearly see Jesus. Their eyes show his wisdom and compassion; their smiles show his love and joy. Even their mouths remind people of Jesus. The Bible teaches that younger Christians should see his likeness in those of us who have been in the faith longer. Children should see it in mature adults around them. Neighbors, friends, and coworkers should wonder at how attractive we have become. How much like Jesus we look.