I have been learning recently a whole new perspective on the value of myself. It is such a common misconception, especially amongst women, to believe they are less than that beautiful, popular girl in class, less than that hot model on the red carpet. But believe me, and I am speaking as a girl who has had insecurities about herself image ever since I can remember…YOU ARE TRULY GORGEOUS.
Please read this carefully.
God created you and your outward appearance intentionally. He absolutely LOVES the way you look. While culture constantly changes and evolves what is considered beautiful, God’s concept of beauty never changes. He created you specifically to be beautiful, and you are really and truly His masterpiece. God specifically designed you and knitted you together to look exactly the way you do. Yes, exactly. And yes, you were born without make-up. You don’t need extra things to look “beautiful.”
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” [Ephesians 2:10, NLT]
You are the only one who knows exactly who you are. No one sees all your “flaws.” No one sees all the things about your personality that you abhor. No one sees all your sins at once but you. Only you see all these things combined and immediately view yourself as ugly. And this, my dear friend, is exactly what Satan wants you to see.
But in the eyes of God, you are clothed in righteousness. You are flawless. God has forgotten your sins, and allows you the opportunity as well to be able to forget them and move on into the grace that God gives you.
“I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” [Isaiah 61:10, NASB]
Satan, on the other hand, doesn’t want this to happen. He wants you to see yourself as ugly and despicable, because he knows this is the exact opposite of worship toward Christ, your Creator. By accepting and being confident in the way God created you, this is an act of worship. Imagine if you spent hours on a painting that your poured yourself into, and when you stood back to admire your finished work, the painting began to complain about the way it was made.
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” [1 Timothy 4:4-5, ESV]
But God shakes His head at your discontentment. God is perfect, He cannot make an ugly human being. He designed you intentionally. He knitted you together in such a way that is pleasing to Him. Think of this: God knows everything about you. And He still thinks you are stunning, dear friend, you are STUNNING. Forget what the world considers beautiful. You are exceptionally stunning.
“You have searched me, Lord,and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar …. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. … For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” [Psalm 139:1-2, 6, 13-14, NIV]
Satan despises it when God’s creation is pleased with the way it looks. Satan wants God’s creation to be discontent and dissatisfied with the way it is, for you to be primarily focused on all your insecurities, to be withdrawn into yourself so much that there is no room for God. You were made in God’s image, and Satan hates that you are so much a part of God.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” [Genesis 1:27, NIV]
The same God who created the stars created you. He considers you to not only be good, like He considered the beautiful gems in the sky, but VERY good, from your glittering eyes to to every hair on your head.
You really, truly are beautiful.
Forget Satan’s torments.
Lean into God’s grace, allow Him to clothe you in righteousness. For you are His masterpiece, created in His image.