Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered why God created you the way that He did? Or maybe you see someone on the street and wonder why you can’t have the same things as them. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparison that the enemy sets up for us. When we lose sight of why God created us and who He created us to be, we begin to doubt our worth.
In Genesis 3, we read about how Adam and Eve believed the lie that maybe God left something out when He created humans, that maybe He was holding something back. And we do the same thing. It can be so easy to look at ourselves and wonder if God made a mistake or forgot something when He created us. But since we’re created in His image, we can know that he didn’t mess up when He made us. After all, He knit us together in our mother’s womb; He knows every hair on our heads and vein in our bodies. He knows it and loves it all because He created all of it.
In her Bible study Finding I AM, Lysa TerKeurst points out that, “Never ever for one second did God look at us and say, ‘My goal for this one is to simply be good enough.’ Without Jesus, we are selfish, self-focused, and all about our fruit bringing glory to ourselves. We work and strive and exhaust ourselves all for a pursuit that leaves us with a hollowed out feeling that there’s got to be more to life than chasing what we want, hoping to feel good enough. With Jesus, we are better than good enough because He steps in and fulfills what we cannot do on our own.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”2 Corinthians 5:17
Being in Christ and being firmly rooted in the truth of what He says about us is the only way to become secure in who God created us to be. God didn’t just create us and leave us to our own devices. He is continually refining us as a new creation every day of our lives. The Greek words for new creation in 2 Corinthians 5:17 are καινὴ (kainē) new and κτίσις (ktisis) creation. The term new means fresh or new, which is pretty straightforward. However, the word creation means something founded from nothing and points to the divine origin of the change. When God first created humans, He took nothing and turned it into something. When we become a new creation after accepting and following Jesus, God is the origin of that change in our lives.
It’s important to remember that living as a new creation is an active task. We can’t just sit around and do nothing; we must engage with the Bible and seek after the Lord. It’s so easy to revert to our old selves and the comfortable patterns of life we used to live in. But being a part of God’s family means following Him and how He has asked us to live our lives. When we find our identity solely in Christ, we live as who we are meant to be because we listen to the One who formed us from the very beginning.
So let’s stop looking at others and wishing for what they have, and instead, let’s turn our hearts and minds heavenward seeking after the Lord. It can be so easy to believe the lie that God left something out when He created us, but that lie will only drag us away from the Lord. God loves you because He created you, and He created you because He loves you. Only by rooting ourselves and our identity solely in Christ can we break away from the lies of the world and live as we were created to. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and the Father’s heart!