Just The Way You Are

Ever curse your Creator?  We all do it from time to time; most people don’t even know they are doing it!  Now that I have your attention, consider the following thoughts within the church today:

  • If only I had a better body . . .
  • If only I had better looks . . .
  • If only my teeth were straighter . . .
  • If only I had a different personality . . .
  • If only I could carry a tune . . .
  • If only I had more hair . . .
  • If only I had curly hair . . .
  • If only my hair was a different color . . .
  • If only I was more athletic . . .
  • If only I was smarter . . .
  • If only I was taller . . .
  • If only I was shorter . . .
  • If only my eyes were a different color . . .
  • If only I was born into a different family . . .

The list, of course, is endless.  Did any of these resonate with you or is your curse something else not listed here?  Every time we think something like this, we are demonstrating our dissatisfaction with God’s creation of us.  Far too many in the church today worship God on Sunday and curse Him the rest of the week because they are not happy with the way He created them.  Working with the youth as much as I do, I am constantly confronted with short kids who want to be taller; bigger kids who want to be smaller; smart kids who want to be athletic; mechanical kids who want to be musical; geeky kids who want to be popular. 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.  I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  (Psalm 139:134-16a)

David wrote this passage in the full understanding that He was made by God just the way God wanted to make him.  When Samuel came to the house of Jesse to anoint the new king, the Scriptures suggest David might have been as handsome as his older brother, Eliab, but he was not as tall.  But the Lord admonished Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature” (1 Samuel 16:7).  It was not an accident that David looked the way he looked, because God created him that way.  Nowhere in Scripture can we find David looking to be remade by his Creator. 

So . . . what about you?  Are you dissatisfied with your Creator’s work in you?  Do you secretly wish God had made you more like someone else?  To be sure, we all struggle with this from time to time.  But the answer to rising above this kind of thinking is to be fully immersed in the truths of the Gospel.  Only the Gospel frees us to accept the way we have been fearfully and wonderfully made.  Only the Gospel frees us to embrace the way we have been knit together. 

Because we already have everything we need in Jesus, we don’t have to go looking outside of ourselves for the one thing we all crave: acceptance.  We have been made accepted in the Beloved; we are His masterpiece and fully loved just the way we are regardless of what others think about us.  The Gospel empowers us to no longer curse our Creator because we are not satisfied with the way we were made.  Made by God—for God—we fit perfectly into His plan and purpose for our lives.  And His plan and purpose for our lives transcends our plan and purpose for our lives.     

There is one added benefit to accepting the way God made us.  Resting in this truth also allows us to receive others just the way they are because they too have been made in His image.  One body, many members, all uniquely made as one-of-a-kind masterpieces in the hand of the Master!!! 

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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