The FBE-er: Scarred and Redeemed

Hey FBE-ers!

Did you know that the word “cosmetics” comes from the Greek word “kosmos”? (Merriam-Webster’s).  

Do I sound like the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding?  

Kosmos and its derivatives carry the ideas of “order, arrangement, adornment” – “Thus it denotes ‘what is well assembled or constructed from its individual parts'” (Kittel).

How much is too much?

 

Too much makeup
When are we not even looking at you anymore?

 

1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Don’t let your kosmos be the outward things of braided hair, gold, and fancy clothes, but instead the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.” 

Now this is written to women as an example of how to follow Jesus’ example of submission so that they can represent Him to their husbands.  But, as in all scripture, I think we can see the principle here and apply it across the board.

When we sin, we carve out a hunk of life from ourselves.
Sin wounds us. 
When we sin we carve out a hunk of life from others as well.
Sin double wounds us.

Wounds like these leave scars.
And that is a good thing.
A Wound is not a good thing.

A scar… is a GOOD thing.

Scarring is a natural part of the healing process.  A scar is a sign that healing has happened.  The body has formed new collagen fibers to repair and close the wound. (WebMD)

A wound existed.

It hurt when it was made.
It was tender and in peril of infection when it was open.
But it has healed.
A scar is a good thing.

As Christians we forget that scars are not badges of shame, but marks of God’s grace and redemption.
They are pictures of our health by the redemptive work of Christ.
We should not flaunt our scars as if we are proud of sin, but we should not paint over them with churchy cosmetics either.

I’m afraid that we are so concerned with our outward “kosmos” – about looking like a good Christian – that we rush to dab concealer over our scars.

We flaunt our cosmetics instead of Christ’s redemption.

Sometimes we do so before the scars even heal… leaving the wound open to infection and filled with worldly cosmetics.

Many of the Bishops who attended the council of Nicaea would have born scars from persecution – gouged out eyes, mutilated hands and bodies – and they did not seek to cover those scars up.  Those scars represented a journey of faith – they represented God’s faithfulness.

Our sin-scars may not come from our perseverance in the face of persecution, but by God’s grace they do show us that God redeems us.  That God heals us.  That God can turn a wound into a picture of life and hope and peace.

FBE-ers,
We are all scarred.
And in Christ we are redeemed.

Let’s go beneath the surface of churchy cosmetics together.
Get a cotton swab and remove the concealer – let us help each other see the wounds heal, and let the scars be signs to us all –

The Lord has come to heal the sick, the broken, the wounded – of which we all were and from which we are all still healing.

Share your sin wounds with a trusted brother or sister in Christ, and let them walk with you through the healing process.
Allow others to see your scars so that they may find hope for their own healing.
Let’s lose the cosmetics.
Let’s adorn ourselves inwardly with a grateful heart toward Christ’s healing.

Scarred and Redeemed,
Nick

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I've been on staff at FBE since 2012. Where I first was hired as a creative coordinator, I am now the Pastoral Assistant. I married my beautiful best friend, Ashley Garcia on December 19, 2015. Knowing God is a constant and endless pursue, third wave coffee is a must, punk rock and hardcore keep my spirits high.

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