“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Genesis 1:26
“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:13-14
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty…” Ezekial 28:17
” …..but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.” 1 Peter 3:4-6
Every so often you hear on the christian radio station a quoting of Psalm 139 (see above), and the host talking about how we can know God love’s us and that we are beautiful and what not because the Bible says this about Him making us in our mother’s womb, etc.
I feel led to share about this because the Lord has personally opened my eyes to this issue, and I pray it might be an eye-opening blessing to all of us who live in a world where humans apart from God have decided not only what is important or should be important to people, but they have taken hold of the Word of God and twisted it’s meaning all together and it is causing so many people to wrongfully care about their “self-esteem” and beauty and things like that!
The first thing that needs to be clarified in this case is that when God, in the beginning, said that they should make man in their image, in their likeness, He was not talking about making a human being that looked like Him in a human form. The Bible says that “GOD IS SPIRIT” (John 4:24). So this means that, if we are to be made in His likeness, we are made in His likeness IN SPIRIT!
When we were born from above, our human body was not remade. When we were born from above, our soul was not remade because we still have all that soul activity of feelings, desires, wills, and reasonings apart from God.
When we were born from above, our SPIRIT was renewed and it is in the spirit that we are made in Christ’s likeness!
In Psalm 139, David is talking about his INWARD PARTS—-in other words HIS SPIRIT!
So hopefully we can see clearly that when God talks about making us in His image, He is talking about our SPIRIT being renewed into His Likeness! That is where we get the term “Christ-likeness” from! We are not being made into a man that looked like Jesus, are we? No.
We are being made new in our spirit union with His Spirit, in order to express the INDWELLING PERSONALITY of Christ through this spirit-union!
Secondly, let us look at this verse in Ezekiel and see that He is talking about SATAN! He was lifted up in his heart BECAUSE OF HIS BEAUTY!
Self-esteem was literally the downfall of satan!
Think of it! It was PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE! His beauty is what led him to say in His heart that he would make his place higher than the most high! He was lifted up because of his own self-esteem. This ought to be a serious eye-opener and warning to us who think we have any justification in the whole “Self-esteem” business that has taken over everything these days! All self-esteem does is make our heart’s proud! It takes away from the glory of GOD! We can’t be proud and glorify God at the same time! Pride belongs to the kingdom of SATAN, not the kingdom of HEAVEN!
Thirdly, we are told specifically in 1 Peter that what God puts a priceless price tag on is NOT OUR OUTWARD APPEARANCE, but our INNER MAN OF OUR HEART (OUR SPIRIT)! He is talking about CHARACTER—the character of CHRIST IN US! That is what is most precious to God!
No one will think that I am saying we should be purposefully unattractive. What I am trying to say is that, in the first place, all this self-esteem business is SATANIC, and has NOTHING to do with God! God would have us SELF-LESS, not SELF-CONSCIOUS! And when it is like that, and the Spirit of Christ is truly developed in us, that is what is beautiful in the sight of God!
We all know that there can be a beautifully attractive person on the outside that is just totally corrupted on the inside and what is the value of that? We would all sooner have the person who is Christlike in our life than just someone nice to look at for the pleasure of the eye’s sake!
Letting Go Of The Lie!
I wouldn’t minimize in any way a woman being mistreated by others causing her to feel that she is worthless. That is obviously not ok, and it would be great if all people in our lives treated us kindly, but that is not reality. We live in a broken, fallen world. And our parents were imperfect. We are imperfect. And everyone else who was born into this world is imperfect, and unless they experienced the Cross of Christ and died to their old nature and put on Christ, they probably didn’t treat us very nicely.
But that is no excuse for us to spend our lives obsessing about how we look and wanting to feel some kind of self-esteem!
And to obsess about wanting to feel beautiful and wanted and loved! We know we are loved because Jesus Christ died on the Cross to make the way back to God. If that isn’t love, then I don’t know what kind of love you are looking for! Are you wanting to feel beautiful? Are you wanting to draw attention to yourself?
Those are marks of SATAN, and not CHRIST!
When we are in Christ, we are not focused on our SELF at ALL—- and we seek to stay Hidden in Christ! We want to express CHRIST, not our SELVES!
What it comes down to friends is this, are we willing to see that for us to be caught up in how we look and all this self-esteem business is actually SATANIC?
These bodies of flesh are going to PERISH one day. They are not being taken with us in the end! We will be given a NEW spiritual body the Bible says!
Traps of Beauty
In my experience, there are many snares of having outward beauty! Women who are pretty according to the world’s standards usually become hot-headed and prideful. They literally rely on their looks in life to get them through things. They rely on their beauty to get them out of speeding tickets. Some women sell their beauty for easy money. Some women trust in their beauty to get them a job somewhere. Others rely on their looks to get them a husband or whatever they want in this life. They think their beauty is responsible for how other people treat them better, etc. This is not the way of Christ!
Looks can’t save your life! Only Christ can! And it is in the SPIRIT that the Lord wants to make us into His image! In our new nature, our character. Those are the things that count with the Lord, and not all this outward showy stuff!
Remember, God has ONE PURPOSE: TO FILL THE UNIVERSE WITH CHRIST-LIKENESS.
If that is God’s purpose, where does any self-esteem come in?
I pray any who read this might be delivered from this worldly idea about self-esteem and how it has infiltrated the Body and led so many people astray! Let us turn back to CHRIST and seek for Him to create in us His likeness in SPIRIT, that the world may see HIM in us, and not our self in any way!
“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”