Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

193MirrorReflection‘…The clay doesn’t ask, “Why did you make me this way?”…’ Isaiah 45:9 CEV

A lot of us are unhappy with what we see in the mirror. Indeed, some of us are so unhappy that we spend a fortune to change it. And while it’s good to look your best, God never intended out looks as a statement of our value to him, or to others. Whatever physical features you may have inherited, here are some Scriptural truths worth considering: (1) Resenting your looks just puts you at odds with God. The Bible says, ‘You have no right to argue with your Creator. You are …a clay pot shaped by a potter. The clay doesn’t ask, “Why did you make me this way?”’ (Isaiah 45:9) God intends you to be His clay container; a practical, usable vessel, not a fancy ornament for display. ‘Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn’t come from us.’ (2 Corinthians 4:7 GWT) Your value isn’t in how you look, but in what you contain –the life- changing message of God’s grace! (2) Resenting your looks results from false comparisons. Today we’re driven to become reflections of some unattainable ideal. Airbrushed models on TV sell us everything from cornflakes to cars. Let’s get real! ‘…They are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant! (2 Corinthians 10:12 NLT) Unhappiness over your appearance results from ignorance of God’s marvellous and creative purpose for you. And that’ll become clear to you when you ‘…look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect…’ (Hebrews 12:2 NCV)

*The Word for Today is published by UCB Australia. A free introductory copy of the devotional may be obtained from UCB Australia; 1800 00 777 0 or admin@ucb.com.au*

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3 thoughts on “Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

  1. Thank you for your post. The “urgency” to look perfect is hard to ignore. The media puts it in our faces all the time. And even if one does not own a TV set it is everywhere, bill boards, mall store windows and newspaper and store advertising, and magazines. I remember standing at the checkout at my local grocery store with my teenagers and being slammed in the face with how important it was to look gorgeously perfect. It sets a poor example for both girls and boys. It’s sad because the competion, especially amongst women gets worse all of the time. And this happens in Christian circles also. I know everyone wants to look their best and we should take good care of our selves, but I have attended some churches and have felt that getting dressed for church was some kind of a fashion show competition.

    • I know. That is why this post really spoke to me! We are all made to the image of God, so what is there to change? Reading this as my devotion, really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you, women are especially targetted. It makes me sad to see all the teenagers wearing a lot of makeup, looking super thin and then complaining about their body weight.

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