Wild title, eh? Well, Jesus knows our tendency to judge ourselves based on our appearance—we are urged by the world around us to measure in perfection in weight, beauty, income, and vocation. If you’re like me, you’ve looked in the mirror and you a lot of room for improvement. DOUBLE that if you’re standing in front of the mirror envisioning yourself beside Mr. or Mrs. America. “HELP!!!”
If you’re being tempted to judge yourself or let others judge you based on your appearances, please read on. The American culture places the perfect 10 Barbie Doll into the hands of their little girls and wonder why they hate themselves when they go through puberty. Did you know that Russia banned Barbie Dolls? They said their women don’t look like that. Kuddos to Russians!
The Bible tells us that when we compare ourselves with each other, we will lack and even lose understanding:
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you (II Corinthians 10:12,13).
What sphere has God assigned you? Did he assign you to be Mr. America? Or is that a job you assumed was yours? Yes, we need to buffet our bodies and put them into subjection, but not so we can measure up in the mirror. For a lot of us, the mirror feeds us guilt, self –hatred, and perhaps even self bitterness—all of which are roots to sickness and disease. And oftentimes it’s not our physical appearance that bugs us, it’s remembering our failures. Well, it’s time to forget those. Do you think Jesus remembers?
So, what do we do with the man in the mirror? What do we do with the woman in the mirror? We look for the glow. We look for the glory. We look for JESUS!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit (II Corinthians 3:18 NASV).
Oh, I want to break open this chapter with you this week! (Look up II Corinthians 3 sometime soon and I just know the Holy Spirit will hand you a bundle of LIFE there.)
As Christians we can behold the glory of the Lord and be transformed into His image as we LOOK into His face. WOW! We must stop comparing ourselves with ourselves! We must “look full in his wonderful face.” If you want to be free from self-hatred look into the face of the One who brought you here—the one who made you and loves you utterly. Forgive yourself of past mistakes, failures, and sins. And you will be changed from glory to glory!
Until tomorrow, maybe this song will help us all to turn our eyes upon Jesus in the light of his glory and grace:
PS: Mom, you’ll be pleased to know this is Randy Travis singing (I think?)!!