I am thirty-five years old and of all the things I’ve accomplished in my life, nothing compares to dawning of the sun that God has blessed me with in my life. After searching for many years I have found truth, understanding, and wisdom in my relationship with God and in my relation to God. I feel like Oprah shouting, “I get it!”
While a liberating experience, it did not come about lightly. I didn’t wake up and have a revelation one morning and then all of my doubts and insecurities went away. But what I did do was finally understand that I was made in the divine image of God, and as such I needed to not only be happy with, but to celebrate who I am.
Even after having been a Christian for many years I still didn’t really get it until recently. True freedom from the bondage of self-doubt and insecurities that was keeping me from achieving the success God planned for my life, existed not in how others saw me, but in how I saw myself. I needed to get out of my own way.
Changing your self-image to line up with what God says about you can be a difficult task in a culture where the obsession with beauty and figures so “perfect” it would take near starvation to achieve them. But the Bible warns us in Romans 12:2 to, “Be not conformed to this world.” So we are called upon to resist the pressure of our society to shape our image of beauty according what popular culture would dictate. God’s Word says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Proverbs 139:13)
Our very design from skin color to eye color, size, shape, and features were God’s tailor-made creation from the very beginning. Genesis 1:27 says that we were, “Created in the image of God, … and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
All of our special talents and gifts were deposited in us by the Lord from our very conception to make us unique and special, to do His work. Teaching, singing, drawing, painting, writing, speaking, cooking, gardening—whatever your gifts are, were given to you especially by God. You were chosen.
1 Peter 3:3,4 says, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward, 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.”
The Lord God thinks you are precious and any thought contrary to that is a trick of the enemy. The Bible says that the devil came to “steal, kill, and destroy,” (John 10:10). He will try to destroy your self-image and keep you focused on things that are not of God to keep you from the blessings that God has for your life when you are acting in accordance to His will.
Christ said that, “Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock. The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. But it does not fall. It is built on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24). So if you build your self image on the solid rock of truth, which is God’s Word and believe what He says about you, nothing and nobody will ever be able to destroy your self esteem or lower your self worth with criticism, insults, or a bad relationship.
Paris Hilton may be an heiress to a great hotel empire, but I am an heiress to the kingdom of Christ Jesus and its glory and riches are infinite. I believe this and I hold my head up high everyday. I am a woman of God—fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. And finally I am so glad that I can honestly say I know exactly who I am.