Loving Your Look

    Jul 29, 2021 | by Andrea Stephens

    Asbury is embarking on a brave journey in offering a new series entitled The Truth About Sex. It is both necessary and timely given the state of our culture and our denominational positions. Gaining a biblical perspective on the topics included will help each of us have a right perspective as followers of Jesus and also equip us in our ability to express it to others. 

    But before diving into these topics, a theology of the body will be established to serve as a solid foundation to build upon. Week One of the series is Beautifully Created: The Truth About the Body. Before I knew the title for the week, Pastor Dick invited me to be on the panel. After agreeing, I learned the title and smiled.  Beautifully Created was the title of the first book I wrote for teen girls—many, many, years ago. 

    At age 21, having escaped the brutality of the modeling world and enrolling in a local Bible school (that was a Holy Spirit-led 180), the Lord continued teaching me the true meaning of the word beauty. See, my New York experience left me deeply aware of everything about my appearance, when compared to our world’s unrealistic beauty image, was wrong. It took the truth of scripture to teach me what was right.  And true. 

    Scripture tells us we are each fearfully (with awe and respect) and wonderfully made. God formed us (intricately knit us together) in our mother’s womb in a way that He desired and a way that aligned with His purposes for our lives (David, Psalm 139:13-16). We are told we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). Workmanship means work-of-art!

    Yes, you and I are God’s masterpiece, His work-of-art with details (not flaws) in our appearance that make us one-of-a-kind. We each have a look all our own.

    The negative side of not loving (accepting and becoming content) our look is that we will fall prey to trashing the temple God has given us for His Holy Spirit to reside (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Overindulging in some areas, being neglectful in others. The result is not pretty. But when we embrace, with grace, our bodies as God has designed them, we can get to the place of gratitude as David did when he said to God, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex.” Go ahead. Look in the mirror and let the words come out—even if it is a whisper. It can bring healing and freedom. You, my friend, are beautifully created!

    Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created. - Revelation 4:11 KJV

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