I posted this on my Instagram, but my sister informed me that no one was going to read the whole thing because I had to break it up and put part of it as a comment. I have a feeling that at least some people read the whole thing. Probably the faithful, loyal few, but here is the post again in one piece. And for those who read my blog, but aren’t on Instagram. What are blogs for anyway, if you don’t use it for those ramblings that get overly long.
To the Christian girl instagrammer,
I’ve seen a few posts about being worthy or some other such message that seems to be all about boosting your self esteem. And on the other hand, I see Christian girls desperate for this message. Christian girls are desperate to be affirmed and told how beautiful they are and how amazing they are.
I find that sad because it means the message of the world has seeped into the church and has poisoned the Christian’s mind as much as the world’s. There is an image that the world tries to convince the female she needs to be, but there is no such female alive. It’s a completely fictitious and contorted image of the female and unattainable. So instead, the young girls and ladies are depressed because they can never be the image they want to be.
So the Christian girl instagrammer writes the posts about being worthy, but it makes me squirm every time. Is that the message that we need to be told daily? Do we need to be dwelling constantly on the amazingness of ourselves? On our abilities? On our beauty?
I know that I am made whole in Christ. I know that I have been clothed in his righteousness. Yes, I am made worthy because of Him. I am beautiful because of Christ in me.
But do you notice something about the above. Anything that I am is because of Christ. Outside of Christ, I am nothing. So this is not about me, but about Christ.
If it were not for God’s grace, if it were not for the mercy of Christ, if it weren’t for the death and resurrection of Jesus, then I would be nothing. Anything that I have become is all because of Christ and, therefore, I have nothing to boast of in myself.
I do, however, have an awesome God who is WORTHY of all my praise and all of my boasting. Have you ever studied the scriptures and marveled at how Holy and Awesome God is? While some of the Torah is hard to get through, it may be a perfect place to start. Read about all those laws, sacrifices, and cleansings that God required of the Jews and even then it was still not enough. Jesus still had to come and die for them and for us. Even though we have been set free in Christ Jesus from those laws of the Old Testament, that does not change God’s Holiness. The Holy God of the Old Testament is the same Holy God of the New Testament. Though we no longer need to make such sacrifices because Christ has been made the perfect sacrifice, we should be no less in awe of who he is.
Revelation 4:8 “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
1 Peter 1:15-16 “but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”
Isaiah 6:3 “And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’”
Just like the flowers of the field were created to worship their Creator, so we, intricately woven together in our mother’s womb, were made to worship and be holy as God is holy.
When our eyes are drawn up in awe of who God is and His Holiness, then we find more and more how much we are dependent on His grace and mercy. When we study and know His Holiness, we have less and less to boast of in our self, and instead more and more to boast of Christ.