For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
God knew our every part before time began. He formed us and molded us to be His image. Marvelous are His works. So why are there times when we think of ourselves as less than God’s masterpiece?
God’s power is revealed in His creation and it bears witness to God’s wisdom. We are who God wants us to be. God did not create us to become someone other than what He intended. His wisdom has been imparted in us to be exactly what He desires. And God’s desire, for us to be what He has called and made us to be, never dwindles. He pursues us so that He can continue to mold us. He is the potter and we are the clay.
So I ask again, why do we think of ourselves as less than God’s masterpiece? Because we look at ourselves through our own eyes and emotions. The world speaks a lot about being the best. It pours out billions and billions of dollars to advertise just how we should think, what we should look like, all to improve our self-image thus improving our self-respect.
Self-respect is defined as a sense of personal worth and dignity. Scripture points to the need for believers to ground their self-respect in God himself, rather than trusting in the opinion and valuation of other individuals or society as a whole. The basis of self-respect is a relationship with God.
God’s strength is the source of self-respect. “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me”. (2 Timothy 4:17 NKJV) So our personal worth or how we look at ourselves is grounded in God’s strength and a disciplined life in Christ. When we walk and live in Christ, we have relationship with Him. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NKJV) The world does not define us. Christ defines us. The world doesn’t have to agree with that. But that’s ok.
Friend, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God created you in His image and it was “very good”. When you begin to feel less than adequate or you begin to feel that the world’s viewpoint is better, than stop. Stop and think about this and then go to God in prayer. Allow God to pour into you the truth. The world is not the truth. Jesus is the truth. ““I am the way, the truth, and the life”. (John 14:6 NKJV) Building a relationship with God through prayer and the study of God’s Word is foundational to changing the way we sometimes think of ourselves. Ask the Lord to allow you to see through His eyes. You will then begin to understand how He is the Master craftsman and you are His masterpiece.
O Holy Lord, thank You that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We thank You that we were made in Your image to do good things. You knew us before time began and molded us in our mother’s womb to be exactly what You desired. Guide us and teach us Holy Spirit to walk in the ways of the Lord so that we can shine as God’s masterpiece. For Your glory and honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!