In the morning, when you get up and look into the bathroom mirror, scratching here and rubbing there, what stares back at you? Do you like that image? When you’re all gussied up, do you like that image better?
Body image. We all have one of ourselves, whether positive or negative. Unfortunately, having a negative body image affects us, whether male or female. However, it seems females fall prey to this more so than males. The media pressures us with the ideas of being young, slim, and wrinkle free.
However, our true image comes from God, as the Bible tells us in Genesis 1:27. When God looks at you, what does He see? He sees His beautiful child, the physical temple for the presence of His Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19 NLT).
So, how do we view His temple? Naturally, we all want to look our best and there’s nothing wrong with that, except when it’s taken to extremes. A good appearance does not always indicate a healthy body.
If you want to change the image you have of your body by dieting, surgery, or injections, what is the real reason behind it? Is your focus on improving your outward appearance or having a healthier body? Have you gone to any extreme in your efforts?
Does our body-image attitude spurn the image God gave us? How do we treat our body? Most of us would do well to respect the earthly body God gave us by having better eating habits, drinking more water, getting more exercise, sleeping more, reducing stress, etc.
However, Jesus said, “There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.” (Luke 12:23 Msg)
We each have our own external presence, but it makes no difference to the Lord. Samuel said, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7b NIV) He knows all about us, even the number of hairs on our head (Matt. 10:30 NIV). He knew us before He created us, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jer. 1:5 NKJV)
The next morning you look in the mirror and are tempted to grumble at what you see, say this to God as David did, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it.” (Ps. 139:13-14 TLB)