True beauty is the recognition that God is manifested in all of creation and the only appropriate response to it is worship.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” — Ecclesiastes 3:11a, NIV.
There are two types of beauty in the world, 1) Self-centered beauty and 2) God-centered beauty.
The definition of beauty here has nothing to do with the subject. Rather, it’s based on the Person in whom we presume value is given to the subject. From this perspective of beauty, we see that it is either the “self” or “God” who gives something its unique value.
With this, we recognise that self-centred beauty revolves around the value that the self attributes to the item. This said value that is attributed to an item differs from person to person. Say for example, when we say that something is pretty, we have the natural tendency to look at it from our own perspective. We are the ones who give the item its said value by calling it pretty. Naturally, if one adopts this school of thought, we will also recognise that human beings, being uniquely different, do not attribute the same value to the same things. Something that is pretty in someone’s eyes might appear otherwise in the eyes of others.
Then there’s the second school of thought worth considering: God-centered beauty. In this perspective, we recognise that God is the Person that give all things its value. Since God is eternal, the value attributed to the subject is hence consistent throughout time.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” — Proverbs 31:30, NIV.
True beauty is manifested in the fear of the Lord. When someone or something takes on the rightful value that the Maker attribute to it, it reflects its true beauty. This value does not differ through the passing of time nor is it susceptible to socio-cultural changes. This beauty transcends all understanding.
This beauty never changes. This beauty is perfect. And the perfection of beauty should invoke worship to the Maker.