Jun 14, 2015 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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Is it difficult for you to believe that you are fearfully (awesomely) and wonderfully made? If so, why?
How would your life change if you lived out of self-worth (an assessment based on God's love for you) rather than your self-esteem (an assessment based on what you think of you)?
How would your life look different if you truly believed that you are God's beautiful creation?
This week we wrapped up our sermon series, Mirage. Over the past several weeks, we have looked at those things we go to for fulfillment, only to discover that they are mirages.
In the final sermon of the series, Rev. Paul Rasmussen focused on the mirage of beauty. He observed that many of us may think, "If only I was more beautiful, then I would be fulfilled." Paul noted that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy and to feel good about ourselves. The problem emerges when we look to beauty to fulfill what only God can fulfill.
Chasing beauty tells us three lies:
1. Improving my outward appearance will heal my inner brokenness. Re-read 1 Peter 3:3-4. This passage tells us that beauty comes from within. Only Christ can heal our inner brokenness.
2. How I look is who I am. Re-read 1 Samuel 16:7. In this verse, God reminds us that our heart -- not our outward appearance -- is what defines who we are.
3. Being beautiful will get me what I want. Read Proverbs 31:30. King Solomon observes that external beauty is fleeting -- it never lasts. Ultimately, beauty will leave you empty.
Re-read Psalm 139:14-15. King David praises God for the truth that he is fearfully (this may also be translated as "awesomely") and wonderfully made by God. Each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. When we doubt this truth, we insult God.
God lovingly and purposefully made you -- God gave you everything you need to glorify him and fulfill his plan for you in this life. God left nothing out. May you rest in the truth this week that you are beautiful -- you are beloved and an awesomely and wonderfully-made creation of God.
Blessings and peace in Christ,
Associate Pastor, Cornerstone