My old friend, Jim Byers said, “It doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from, it matters what you do.” This is true in so many ways and at so many levels. There are all kinds of beauty and hidden treasures, especially when it comes to people. Some of the best things and some of the best people come in plain packages (just look around you). Isaiah described Jesus in this way: “He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men” (53:2-3). Outward beauty has a place, but such beauty soon fades. “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. 2 He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue” (Job 14:1-2).
Nevertheless, there is an inward beauty that can grow even as the container collects some dust. “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:3-1). Book covers rarely portend the quality of the content. Some pretty plain, ordinary and even ugly people do some extraordinary things. Some of the happiest husbands and wives I know are not much to look at. We need different kinds of eyes to see beneath, above, through, beyond, around and inside the people around us. It takes time to see past the surface.
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” -1 Corinthians 1:26-31