in His image
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You. Yes, YOU, the one who is looking at their screen and reading this right now.
No matter what you look like, no matter what color skin you have, no matter how bad of a hair day you are having, no matter how unqualified you feel, no matter how exhausted you are, you are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Jesus - the most perfect One to ever walk this earth.
If you were to look at yourself in a mirror, how would you describe yourself? Would you say you were "average" or "just okay"? Or would you be able to confidently say "I am fearfully and wonderfully made"? For me, more often than not, I sit there and see all of my flaws and insecurities waving back at me.
Fearfully made means that you see something that is so overwhelming that you say, "Whoever made this should not be messed with, whoever made this should be worshipped."
If you consider yourself as ordinary, average, or not good enough, you are not seeing yourself as a result of God's divine creation. It is overwhelming to discover that we are God's unique design.
Psalm 139 describes some of God’s attributes. He knows everything (v.1-6), His Spirit is present throughout the universe (v.7-12) and each person is created by Him (v.13-16). The verse before and after Psalm 139:14 describe the development of a baby from conception. This caused David to praise God for His power and skill and exclaim that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14)
It is easy to read Psalm 139:14 as well as Genesis 1:27, "God created man in his own image...male and female he created them" and apply it only to physical appearance. However, God is so much more than what we can physically and spatially define. God gave us his son, Jesus Christ, clothing him with a body like ours and our fleshly body with glory like His. God's image on us consists of so much more!
God has set us apart, showing us His true creativity. We are set apart from other creatures by our ability to think critically, to create, to discern between what is right and wrong, and to seek redemption. We are complex and unique.
You were intricately woven together in your mothers womb by the God of the universe.
Think about this: In the time it took you to read any of the previous paragraphs, 1.5 gallons (6 liters) of blood passed through your heart. Did you know that the human heart’s blood vessels are helical, having a slight twist to them. This gentle corkscrewing makes your blood flow more evenly, minimizing damage. This smooth flow also encourages the productions of healthy-promoting protective substances. God’s attention to the human heart is extraordinary!
The human heart allows us to love and experience an intimate relationship with God. Our hearts reveal our personalities and also choose every course of action. Our decisions should reflect integrity of heart, with a heart that is discerning. When we live an upright and honorable life, God fills our hearts with joy.
He has created us in such wisdom, power, and love, and the only proper response is to honor Him and glorify His name. We were created to live in relationship with Him with redeemed bodies, not as slaves to sin. Jesus Christ sacrificed His life so that we can be eternally reconciled with God.
So the next time you look in the mirror and begin to think negatively, I want you to say, "His creation is good and beautiful, and I am apart of that. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I will love the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul."
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14
"Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart." Psalm 97:11
"and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator." Colossians 3:10