I found this article last year, it was written by Julia Bettencourt. I presented this to our women’s group at our Christmas luncheon last year. Most of it is the same, some inserts from me.
I love Christmas time with all the decorating, putting up the tree, hanging wreaths on the door, lights around…..well everything, all getting ready to celebrate the day Love came down to earth.
One of my favorite things to do is to collect Christmas Ornaments everywhere I visit. So you can imagine after thirty-eight years of collecting….my tree has a lot of ornaments. Some have made it through the years and some have not.
If you were an ornaments how would you describe yourself?
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. I Peter 3:4.
When we think of ornaments something beautiful usually comes to mind. Shiny, bright, glistening, sparkling, and pretty are just a few words we use to describe them. The dictionary meaning from Webster says that an ornament is “anything serving to adorn; decoration; embellishment.”
How well do we embellish the body of Christ? Our verse in I Peter says,
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
That verse starts with the word “But” which means b-ack u-p t-there. We have to check the preceding verses to see what it means. Verses 1 and 2 are talking about being in submission to our husbands, especially in regard to those unsaved husbands.
Your conversation or how you live your life is on display. If you have an unsaved husband, he is watching your life. ( Even your reactions to his sinful ways, or if you are a man and have a unsaved wife, she will be watching your reactions.)
If you are a wife, you must put your husband first. Even if he opposes our message, you will win him over by what you do. No one else will have to say anything to him, 2 because he will see how you honor God and live a pure life. (If you are a husband, your wife will follow after a man who serves God.)
On into verse 3 it talks about our adorning and how it is not to be that of doing things to our outside such as “plaiting the hair” or “wearing gold” but next in verse 4 it says “But let it be the hidden man of the heart”. The heart is where we should be adorning ourselves.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (vs. 3, 4) the contemporary Don’t depend on things like fancy hairdo or gold jewelry or expensive clothes to make you look beautiful. 4 Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last, and God considers it very special.
Peter isn’t saying don’t fix your hair and don’t wear gold. He is stressing that the external stuff is not important but what is in the heart is because other lives depend on how we act from our hearts.
Referring back to verse 2, there are unsaved people and unsaved husbands watching our lives. In verse 5 it says,
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands. (vs. 5)
5 Long ago those women who worshiped God and put their hope in him made themselves beautiful by putting their husbands first.
How we adorn ourselves on the outside wasn’t the issue here. It was how we adorn our hearts. Don’t think about the external, because our family, friends, and people we meet are looking at our hearts and how we act, live, and behave.
Everything we say and do comes from our heart. Just like a Christmas ornament, hanging on a tree, our lives are dangling out there for others to see. How well do we embellish, adorn, and serve the body of Christ?
What type of ornament are you?
Are you a Tarnished Ornament?
Have you seen those Christmas ornaments that are beautiful, you pick them up and all the paint, and glitter comes off in your hand? Are you that way? Have you been rubbed the wrong way a few times? Has the bad air hit you so much that you’ve become tarnished and lost your luster?
Someone’s said something to you and just peeled off all your paint and joy? Maybe you’ve been slighted by another Christian or had a disagreement with a friend and never made up with them.
That paint and glitter has come rolling off you and your heart life shows signs of wear.
Are you an Ugly Ornament.
There are just some ornaments that are just that, plain ugly! You may not be ugly on the outside but inside there’s some sad ugliness. Got an ugly attitude? Do you speak ugly words? Do you wear ugly expressions? Do you just reflect ugliness?
These types of ornaments hang on the tree all by themselves because nobody wants to be around them.
Are you a Broken Ornament?
Are you broken and falling apart? Some people just radiate the fact that their life has problems. In reality we all have problems but we all don’t wear those problems as our wardrobe like some.
You can’t ask these ornaments to participate in anything because there might be a catastrophe in their lives. Not that we all don’t go through trials but sometimes they are trials of our own makings.
We get our lives all broken and falling apart because we don’t have our priorities in the right place or we don’t depend on Christ as we should.
In turn we get cracked and broken because we’re trying to hold ourselves together on our own.
Are you a Packed Away Ornament?
These ornaments no longer are useful and are packed away in a box, put up in the attic or a shelf in the closet and are never used again.
Got some dust on you? Can you feel the cobwebs just crisscrossing your spiritual life? Stopped reading your Bible? Stopped praying? Stopped witnessing?
This doesn’t happen all at once. It usually happens little by little, losing a little luster here, a little crack there, something broke off of you there, and pretty soon you find yourself on the shelf. You’ve moved farther and farther from fellowship with Christ. You’re a Christian but your heart doesn’t reflect it.
This type of ornament scares me the most. Never doing anything for Christ. Not only would it be a boring life but it would also be such an unhappy and lonely one as well.
Are you a Perfect Ornament?
This is the type of ornament we all would like to strive to be. The kind that builds up the body of Christ and reflects all that is lovely—an ornament that beautifies and adorns.
…An ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Oh to have the right kind of heart. Meek in that we have a patient, and mild heart that God can work in. A quiet spirit in that we let God take control. We let Him be in charge of our hearts and lives.
There are so many verses in the Bible that comes back to the heart and how it is the reflection of what we are. What we keep in our heart is so important. It has to be filled with godly things in order to embellish and adorn the body of Christ properly.
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19
… Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37
Conclusion: We can choose how we embellish and adorn the body of Christ by how we act as a reflection of what’s in our hearts. As Christians, we are some kind of ornament, whether it is good or bad, dangling for all to see.
So, how are you hanging? Friendship and connection, sharing life together and encouraging one another. But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:4
We don’t have to change or fix ourselves to be love by Christ…he says come just as we are, and then his beauty will shine through us, ….after all we are the Sons and Daughters of the King! Our commandment is to LOVE ONE ANOTHER…..THEN WE WILL SPARKLE AND SHINE.