Sometimes we look into the mirror, and we aren’t happy with what we see.
We compare ourselves to others and find ourselves lacking.
Or we pick at imperfections; bemoaning and wishing instead of appreciating.
But if we were to look at ourselves through God’s eyes, we might just change our perspective.
In fact, if we saw ourselves through God’s eyes, we might treat our bodies differently.
1 Corinthians 6:20a (NLT) tells us, “For God bought you with a high price.”
God thought so much of you and of me that He sacrificed His ONLY son to save us.
If that isn’t a high price, I don’t know what is.
Is there someone for whom you will give up your son or daughter today? I thought so.
Therefore, if we are of such value to the God of the universe, why aren’t we treating ourselves as such?
And how can we change that?
For one, we can stop trying to be imitations when God created us originals.
We have just as much potential as anyone else. It is up to us to tap into the Source that can help us achieve it.
Jeremiah 29:11 declares, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans for good and not a disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
We need to ask God to reveal His plans for our lives to us.
Secondly, we can be happy with who we are. God makes no design mistakes. We’re not the result of a factory fault or a manufacturing mishap.
Genesis 2:7 reminds us, “…the Lord God formed man…”
Notice that he didn’t speak humanity into being. No, He carefully fashioned him.
In Psalm 139:13, David praises God for His perfect attention to detail. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
We ought to do likewise; we were created to be, exactly as we are. So let’s embrace that.
Finally, we can treat our bodies as sacred.
Paul asks, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy spirit…” 1 Corinthians 6:19
No one wants to see a temple, a place of worship, desecrated.
Consequently, the last part of 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “So you must honour God with your body.”
Are we caring for your bodies?
Are we living balanced, healthy lives?
Do we care for God’s temple by avoiding harmful substances?
What about our minds? What are we allowing in? Are they things that will build us up spiritually?
In short, if right now, we are having difficulty seeing ourselves as something valuable, let’s ask God to change that.
We can pray the prayer of Elisha, “O Lord, open his [our] eyes that he [we] might see…” 2 Kings 6:17