Would you pause for a moment?
We’ve bought into this lie that what we present to others externally is the most important thing about us.
What we show, the face we paint, the clothes we throw on our shoulders.
Did you know that you do not owe anyone external beauty?
Did you know you do not owe the world some payment to prove your worth?
Have you ever been afraid to leave the house as you are?
Have you ever tried on three different outfits and decided you did not want to go anymore?
Have you ever cried at your own appearance in the mirror?
Have you ever heard a celebrity endorsement to be comfortable in your own skin and you think “easy for you to say”?
As simplistic as it seems, and maybe it is obvious to some — you were not called to be pretty.
You were not called to look hot.
You were not called to be aesthetically pleasing.
We are called to grow spiritually.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16
We are called to seek our Creator with all that we have.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
We are called to share in his glory — that our life is not just what we see here.
“To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 2:14
We are called to be holy.
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” 2 timothy 1:9
We are called to follow in the example that Jesus Christ laid out for us.
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
We are called to fellowship and know our God.
“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
We are called to be more. We are called to want more.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9