“Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem… The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and its height was 120 cubits. He overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. The nave he lined with cypress and covered it with fine gold and made palms and chains on it. He adorned the house with settings of precious stones. The gold was gold of Parvaim. So he lined the house with gold—its beams, its thresholds, its walls, and its doors—and he carved cherubim on the walls. And he made the Most Holy Place. He overlaid it with 600 talents of fine gold. The weight of gold for the nails was fifty shekels. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.” 2 Chronicles 3:1,4-9
Much care was taken to adorn the inner part of the temple, the place where only priests would enter, but where God would dwell. Valuable resources were incorporated to create splendor, and great effort and attention made beautiful His space, with thought for His pleasure and honor, not the compliments or accolades or admiration of others. A high and holy God is worthy of the best. What we might deem a waste of time, talent, and resources was the specific plan of God, illustrative of His resplendence and infinite worth.
Our culture has an inverted view from the Lord’s. It instructs, almost demands that we adorn our outside, and makes possible every way that can be done, from products and procedures for skin, face, and hair, to clothing and accessories that make us look fit, festooned, and fashionable. But these trappings are merely symptoms of our interiors. When we spend our attention and time on our outward appearance, we could be neglecting the more important place our Master calls home, and from which He shows through.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?” “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Peter 3:3-4
God looks at the heart, He sees us from the inside out. It is there He shapes our character and refines our spirits and wants to shine gold. It is from there He adorns our countenance. Am I tending to the inner self? Am I as readily scheduling time to feed on my Lord’s promises, apply in new and fresh ways His truths, worship His beauty and holiness as I am for external self-improvement? Do I even prioritize these efforts as a part of my regimen? Would I take attention to the inner heart, the health of my spirit, and yield willingly to my Lord’s chisel and polish? (1 Samuel 16:7)
Father, adorn me in Your Spirit. Transform my bent to focus on the outer for others to a passion to maintain inner gold for You.