Define Yourself

    by Wendy Blight

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

    “Define yourself through the hands and eyes of a true artist.”

    As I closed the stall door in a public restroom, that slogan caught my attention. It was the headline on an advertisement for a plastic surgeon. Reading those words, I knew this doctor was tapping into longings every woman has: to be beautiful, loved, and accepted by others.

    But for most women, this is not reality. We don’t see our beauty or worth. We look in the mirror and see only faults. We allow others to define us by what we’re not. 

    Sometimes we get these messages from our culture. But other times they come from the people we love – parents, friends, our spouse. Their words deceive us into thinking we are unworthy and unlovely, failures as women and even as children of God. 

    Yet God created us to be women of strength and beauty, each of us with a divine purpose planned by Him before we were born. God alone has the right to define us. No one else.

    There is only One true artist, and His name is God.

    God is the Creator.

    The truth about our true identity isn’t pasted on the back of a bathroom door; it’s lovingly written across the pages of Scripture.

    You are:

    • Created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27)
    • Fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
    • Precious and honored in His sight. (Isaiah 43:4)
    • Redeemed and forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7)
    • A new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
    • Holy and blameless before God. (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
    • Chosen by God. (1 Peter 2:9)
    • God’s masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
    • Created with purpose to do great works for God’s kingdom. (Ephesians 2:10)

    You are God’s creation – beautiful, strong, and created with a unique plan and purpose. Rest your head on your pillow tonight knowing and believing who you are in Christ. Pray for God to reveal to you who you really are – not who you are in the eyes of your parents, your spouse, your children, your friends, or even in the eyes of the world. May you know who you are in your Father’s eyes.

    Dear Lord, thank You that You are my Creator. Thank You that in You and You alone I find my identity. Father, open my eyes to see who I am in You. Make every truth I learned in this devotion a reality in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Encouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living. Renee Swope , Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer, and the Proverbs 31 Ministry Teams. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zondervan. 2013. p.159-160.

    Wendy’s bio:

    Wendy is a wife, mother, author, Bible teacher, attorney, and the Biblical Content Coordinator for Proverbs 31 Ministry’s Online Bible Studies. Her heart’s desire is to help women fall in love with God’s Word. To learn it, pray it, and know with confidence they can tackle any problem life presents through it. Wendy has authored four books, I Know His Name, Living So That, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, and her newest book, I Am Loved: Living in the Fullness of God’s Love. Wendy has been a featured guest on Oprah Radio, The 700 Club, Family Life Today with Dr. Dennis Rainey, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman. Wendy lives with her husband, Monty, in Charlotte, North Carolina and loves most when her two children, Lauren and Bo, come home to visit and fill their home with lots of love and laughter!

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