This all begins and ends in 2nd Timothy.
The Word of God is not imprisoned.
2 Timothy 2:9
We let our culture and our own finite understanding capture the Word of God, keeping it in chains. But, the Word is FREE and it brings FREEDOM to all who hear.
We let our sin habits shackle God’s truth. Our repeated offenses trap us in harmful patterns, when Scripture offers a lovely tapestry of truths to set our hearts free.
I think of my body image issues – how I’ve let culture complicate my relationship with my body, how I’ve let the world define my beauty and value, how I’ve let my physical appearance become an idol that distracts me from the Creator.
I have bound and gagged the Word of God that says I am (we are all) fearfully and wonderfully made.
There is sweet release when we really live out the truth that God’s works are wonderful – including us! God’s word gives us permission to love what He has created, to love our bodies, our features, our uniquenesses, because they reflect God as a Father and an artist.
The worth of a person is not bound up in their physical appearance. I believe that about others; why has it taken 27 years for me to believe this about myself?
God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face, God looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7
Dwelling on the implications of that truth has been one of the most life giving gifts of freedom I’ve experienced lately. When I let go of fitting into a certain physical mold, I am free.
I am free from the pressure to be pretty because my value comes from my Creator, not the created.
I am free to be cherished right now, not just when I’m finally that size or photogenic or wearing that top.
I am free to enjoy a bowl of ice cream in the evening without worrying about it going straight to my bum.
I am free to feel good about myself even if I don’t wear the same pant size I did in high school.
I am free to not fit into some of my pre-preggo clothes.
I am even free to give away some of those pre-preggo clothes that I may not ever fit into again.
I am free to be healthy and strong and build muscle.
I am free to not count calories.
I am free to like my body even if I don’t have a flat stomach or a model physique.
I am free to buy clothes that fit and flatter regardless of the size.
I am free to have seasons of feasting and seasons of fasting.
I am free to not be the “prettiest,” blondest girl in every room.
I am free to be me and not to be her.
I am free to enjoy life without focusing on what I look like.
I am free to be God’s fearfully and wonderfully made creation.
Small shifts in thinking can lead to major transformation. And, when you aren’t always cognitive of those shifts taking place (or dismiss them as insignificant because they are so small), you wake up one morning and marvel at the new outlook you seem to have adopted overnight.
Start with one small shift towards accepting the freedom we have in Christ. One morning you may find yourself marveling at the transformation God made in your heart.
I know I have.
The Word of God is not imprisoned. Let it set you free.