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My Weekly Devotional - Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Published on 2/25/2014
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"The clay doesn't ask, "Why did you make me this way?" Isa 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 our 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?" God intends you to be His clay container; a practical, usable vessel; not a fancy ornament for display.

"We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us" (2Co 4:7 TM). 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 people! "They're only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!" (2Co 10:12 NLT). Unhappiness over your appearance results from ignorance of God's marvelous 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" (Heb 12:2 NCV).

"Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous." Ps 139:14 NLT

So, how should you view the role of your physical appearance?

3. With gratitude. Thank God for the unique person He created you to be. You're not the result of random genetics. You're a genuine "one-off," designed by God to fill a slot no one else can fill. He is
what makes you who you are! "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb" (v.13 NLT). "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous." You didn't come from an assembly line like some product designed to fulfill a quota. No, you received the detailed, individualized focus of the Divine Architect. The Psalmist said, "You watched me as I was being I was woven together in...the womb" (v.15 NLT). Now, that's attention at the highest level, right? So give God thanks: you were created, inspected and approved in heaven before you moved a muscle on earth.

4. With understanding. Discover God's purpose for your life. You weren't designed to impress others or to seek their approval. In God's eye's, your looks are not the measure of your worth. "The Lord doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1Sa 16:7 NLT). Start seeing yourself as God sees you. Ultimately, His opinion is the only one that matters. Indeed, "He decided in advance that [his people] would be conformed to the image of his Son (Ro 8:29 CEB). Rejoice! God won't be finished working on you until He's made you just like Jesus.

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Regards and Blessings to you,

Jack McLaughlin (JMAC)

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