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Does your Body Image dictate your WORTH in God?
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” (1 Corin. 12:14)
“I’m too fat.”
“I’m not skinny enough.”
“If I could only get 6-pack abs.”
“My thighs are too wide.”
“My face is not symmetrical enough.”
“I wish my hair was more like hers.”
Do you have a positive view on the way you look?
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror to tell yourself, “this part could be better.” Or do you compare yourself to the person next to you only to tell yourself that you are not as good as they are in different ways?
Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t lie just with our own self-esteem, but it’s reiterated by our western culture that reminds us that “YOU could be better if you only…. drank this, use this workout product, apply this cream or makeup, spray this on, lift this weight, get a lift or tuck, exercise in this fashion, use this essential oil, wear your clothes in the new style…” — I could on.
We are constantly told how imperfect we are, and all we want is for “someone to accept us as we are,” right?
The truth is that we have a loving, Heavenly Father who does just that, but we accept and believe the lies others and society pushes on us first — that we are not good enough, that we must shed something BEFORE we can find something beautiful in us.
Body Image in the Church
We know that the Church, the Body of Christ, is not made of up just one person, but many. “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it it is with Christ.” (1 Corin. 12:12) With that being said, we need to take an honest look at how we view ourselves.
So, what am I getting at? Glad you asked…
If people are focused more on “self” than others, on what they aren’t personally, then they are collectively working against themselves, or at best, much slower than they could be if they were FIRST finding their worth in the Lord.
The Temporary vs the Eternal
In an upcoming episode, we will be discussing how God seeks to define the eternal in us, that we are created by Him for a bigger purpose, and that He loves us much bigger and more than the outward appearance we portray. Yet, the enemy wants us to look not upward, seeing ourselves as God does, but downward on our imperfections; the liar wants us to focus on the temporary rather than the eternal. He wants to see us get bogged down in numerous fleeting pleasures and quick fixes over the deeper eternal place we have in God.
Self-loathing in the members of the Body of Christ is a problem. We are not seeing ourselves as God sees us, and we are constantly stopping what God can use for great, telling ourselves, “I have this issue, so I’m not good enough to be used for __________ for God.”
What issues in life have you allowed to get in the way between you and God? You may say that your obsession with the way you look doesn’t get in between you and God — but is that true? Do you spend more time worrying or looking in the mirror or comparing yourself to others on Facebook & Instagram… more than you are spending time with God?
Sure, there is always more that we can do to serve others in a variety of ways, but the truth is that God wants a deeper relationship with you over what you do, even if that is in the church. From the pendulum swinging from “Self-Loathing” to “Over-Serving in the church,” both can be a hindrance if you are not taking time to spend with the Father on a regular basis.
About our Guest
Today we are talking with Amanda Beck (@AmandaMBeck). She wrote an article entitled, “Oprah’s Best Body and the Body of Christ.” You can read more of her blog posts on her personal website at AmandaMartinezBeck.com.
She also recently began a new website call FatPrivilege.com, which “is a place to share stories that overweight people have learned on their journey in the church, whether it’s being rejected and find consolation or finding empowerment — and not seeking the ideal perfections that our society demands so loudly.”
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Music in this episode was contributed by Kevin Macleod.