March 24, 2020
You Are Not a Mess
Right now’s Reality
For we’re God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God ready upfront for us to do (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).
Good friend to Good friend
I just lately returned to the place on-line the place I requested the query, “What lies are girls tempted to consider about who we’re?” As I scrolled again by means of the solutions, I noticed another time what number of expressed, “I’m only a mess.” In different phrases, I can’t presumably be wonderful. And sure, none of us are excellent. We “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). However that’s solely a part of our story—and Jesus has already rewritten it.
We replicate the picture of God. We’re beings with souls. We’ve got hearts stuffed with hopes and wishes. God has positioned invisible items inside every of us. And after we give ourselves to Jesus, we’re mysteriously created another time. “If anybody is in Christ, the brand new creation has come: The outdated has gone, the brand new is right here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We’re not a factory-assembled product. We’re God’s masterpiece.
I as soon as helped facilitate a artistic retreat for a bunch of ladies. I shared encouragement, and different instructors guided the group in artwork journaling as a response. Right here’s what I realized: these journals have been messy, however they weren’t a multitude. They have been full of untamed loveliness, vivid declarations, and passionate shows of hearts laid open.
In some ways, we’re God’s artwork journal. We’re the expression of His love on historical past’s pages. Is it a neat, sensible course of? Completely not. There are struggles. There may be ache. However there’s additionally a lot energy. A lot magnificence.
The ladies on the retreat usually provided disclaimers. “It’s probably not what I would like it to be,” they’d say. “Hers is best than mine,” they’d protest. A few of that got here from insecurity, but it surely additionally appeared to stem from a concern of being prideful.
Don’t we do the identical? Fortunately, David took care of that concern: “I reward You as a result of You made me in a tremendous and great method” (Psalm 139:14). Recognizing what’s true about who we’re results in reward, to not satisfaction.
I selected the phrase wonderful for my devotional as a result of the definition is “inflicting nice surprise.” It’s the response our souls should the creations of an astonishing artist.
So long as we’re on this world, we are going to encounter lies. They are going to attempt to erase our religion and canopy our identities. However we have now this promise: God who “started an excellent work inside you’ll proceed his work till it’s completed on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
My prayer is that seeing the reality about who we’re and who God is fills us with new surprise and worship—at present and for all of eternity.
God, assist us see the reality of who we’re due to the sacrifice and overlaying of Jesus. Assist us take heed to the Reality of Your Phrase, not the lies of the world.
In Jesus’ Title,
Now It’s Your Flip
Write down the Scriptures referenced in at present’s put up. You probably have a dry erase marker, you might even write these in your lavatory mirror to see as you prepare within the morning!
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Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, encourager and life coach who loves empowering girls to embrace who they’re and change into all God created them to be. Her e-book You’re Already Amazing is a Wall Road Journal bestseller that has helped near 100,000 girls embrace who they’re and change into all they’re created to be.