Slim as a reed, beautiful as a princess, charming as an actress. These are all qualities we are told we should be as women. As a writer for a film magazine, I attend all sorts of Hollywood awards shows and other events where women from film and television, the women we are told we should aspire to, are in attendance. Whenever I am going to an event, I do my hair (usually left down, styled in beachy waves), my makeup (rosy cheeks and red lips) and dress up (a gown in a bright color). And I have to admit sometimes when I am finished getting ready, I forget who I am.
As soon as I step into the grand ballroom of the gala, I begin comparing myself to every gorgeous woman I see. Because, sometimes, I believe that if I can compete with the women who are considered to be the most attractive in the world, then I am Somebody Important, Somebody Who Matters.
Paul wrote to the Galatians about matters like this: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
I am most tempted to believe I have worth if I am a darling of this world when I forget that I already am more than worthy because I am a daughter of the Most High God, I am an heir to the Creator of the Universe, I am the beloved of the Most Loving Father.
Paul warns against giving over to slavery once we have already been freed: Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
Exactly how can I turn to the weak and worthless elementary principle of this world that slimness, beauty and charm equals worth? How can I be enslaved to the world’s rat race that superficial image is worth when I have been bestowed the highest worth and honor by the Most High King?
As long as we live in this world, we are being besieged from all sides with the lies of this culture that if we are dazzling enough in our outward presentation, we will be worthy.
Worthy of what? What does playing the game of worth according to the world’s standards really offer? Certainly being slim, beautiful and charming does not add any weight to who we are. We have already been adopted as children of God. We were so worthy to God that he entered into our world so that we could be saved and belong to Him.
We are worthy because of who we belong to: The King of Kings.
There’s freedom in believing that your worth has been proven because Jesus died on a cross for you. There’s freedom in claiming your worth because God calls us his daughters. There’s freedom in abandoning what the world announces is worthy and embracing the truth that we already are worthy because God is the worth bestower and he calls us His beloved.
You are His beloved; you can achieve no greater worth in this world than to simply just be His beloved.
So rest today, rest in the knowledge of your immense worth which is incomparable to the empty imitation of worth the world tries to sell you.