Mark preached on Ecclesiastes 3:11 this morning, looking at the question of beauty: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

The beauty industry is thriving at the moment. And whether it’s beauty products:

… or jewellery:

… or fashion or exercise…
we all like to make ourselves more beautiful. But God is not so much interested in outward beauty as in the inner beauty. He works from the inside out, changing our hearts.

God created everything beautiful and will beautify His people with salvation (Ps 149:4 NKJV). He has given us beautiful feet (Is 52:7) – the fact that we have good news to bring makes our feet beautiful. Jesus Himself may have not been physically beautiful (see Is 53:2), but the fact that He brings us salvation makes Him beautiful in our eyes!

1 Pet 3:3-4 talks about the kind of beauty God is looking for: ‘the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.’ Again, using the analogy of a Dairy Milk bar, Mark reminded us that it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

The wrapper may be attractive, but it doesn’t taste nice!

Inside the wrapper is what we’re interested in: chocolate!

Truly tasty and beautiful!