I remember as a teenager feeling the need to change clothes three or four times before a date. I remember stressing over hair that wouldn’t behave and makeup that wouldn’t straighten up. All this was a struggle for one who at the time felt that I wasn’t pretty enough, thin enough or short enough. My five foot ten inch body was great, but I didn’t know it. I was constantly hoping I would fit in to what the standards of the day were.
One day Christ came into my heart. I was 26 years old. From that day forward began the process of Christ fitting me for the Kingdom. From that day forward I am in a learning process to accept the outer me as being loved, cherished, honored and chosen. I’m also in a process of seeing the inner me change. And that inner change has truly done a work in my life. As I learned to see myself as God sees me, I noted that those inward changes brought outward changes as well. No longer pitifully shy, here I am today a testimony of God’s faithfulness. One who could barely speak to my boyfriend, now I am enjoying speaking engagements as I share what God has done. One who obsessed about weight, I now have more than I want, but it’s not losing to be accepted anymore. No more crash diets. No more indecision about what to wear. God has indeed done a work. He is continuing that work as well.
Oh beloved, you are beautiful! God created you before the foundation of the world! He pre-knew you! He pre-destined you and He is pre-arranging you for the Kingdom! How awesome is this. How magnificent is God’s love for you that He looks you up and down and says “Perfect!” He measures your heartbeats and says “you are living in the rhythm of My grace now!” He sees every hair on your head and none of them fall through the comb or get swept in the beauty shop that He isn’t aware. You may see flaws, but God gives applause! Nothing about your outer self is unworthy and He has changed your heart and is working on you from the inside out, so that you will be altogether lovely in spirit as well.
God loves you and He’s for you. Let Him love you and let yourself be loved! Learn to see yourself as God sees you and learn to share what you’ve learned with others. You are a walking, talking testimony of what Christ came to do – change you from the inside out!
2 Corinthians 3: 18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
What is God saying to you? __________________________________________________