Week 1 – YOU Are God’s Masterpiece
Section 1: You Were Designed on Purpose
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss
This may not be a quote from the Bible, but I couldn’t think of another quote that more precisely sums up the first section of this book. Just as Dr. Seuss says, there is no one alive who is just like you. God made each and every one of us with a distinct personality, a distinct set of gifts and abilities, and for a distinct purpose.
Many of us have grown up in a society that’s been telling us we’re unique for so long that it’s almost become a cliché. We’re all “precious little snowflakes and no two are the same” – have you heard that before? Or maybe a few hundred times?
When I started reading the first section of She Believes, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that I’d heard this message before – a little too much in fact – but Debbie Lindell put a new spin on it that definitely made me look at this in a new light.
“And when he made you, he loved every single detail about you…You, precious girl, were perfectly, magnificently, and beautifully designed to be alive today! … He wanted you to be a part of his plan for this moment in time. He anticipated the day of your birth. He knew your name before you were born, and he was completely prepared to welcome this brand-new baby girl into the world.”
Debbie then goes on to talk about the ways that the enemy tries to get us to believe the lie that we are less than perfect, that there are flaws to our design, and that we don’t measure up to others. Did you know that 9 out of 10 women have struggled with low self-worth? I didn’t, but I can’t honestly say that I’m surprised by the statistic that Debbie shares with us in chapter 2.
When I was reading through these chapters, I couldn’t help but feel convicted. By doubting my beauty and my worth, I am doubting the One who created me. Yikes! The last thing I want to do is doubt God, but that’s what Satan has gotten all of us to do. We’re living in a culture where we’re constantly bombarded with messages that we’re not good enough – no wonder we all struggle with self-worth – but God is longing for us to open His word and receive a very different message:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
– Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
Dwell on that for a moment. You are a masterpiece. You are God’s masterpiece. I’m an art history lover so maybe this is the phrase that I needed to hear for this message to truly settle in my heart. I’ve often heard the whole of creation referred to as God’s masterpiece, but I don’t think I ever internalized the fact that I am part of that. Yes, I knew God created me, but I didn’t go so far as to dwell on the fact that God intentionally and purposefully created me exactly as I am to fulfill a specific part of His plan for the world.
Is this a message that you need to spend some time meditating on today? Are you one of the 9 in 10 women who have struggled – or still struggle – with your self-worth? If so I encourage you to dig into these chapters, your Bible, and the study that Debbie wrote for us.
Don’t forget to watch the video from Debbie about this week’s chapters!
Kristin is a wife and mother of two foster children and two fur babies, who lives in Princeton, WV. She has a passion for Jesus and reading, which she put together to found the Biblical Wives Book Club. She seeks to encourage other young wives to maintain strong, Christ-centered marriages through a community of women who support each other as women of God.