As mom to 7, I’m often asked if they are “all mine.” After I briefly explain our beautifully-blended family, then I’m usually asked a second question. “So you had six of them?” The saucy side of me wants to reply “No, they hatched.” But thankfully, the Spirit restrains me and I answer with “Yes, all 6.” And then a conversation follows with something like “How in the world do you stay thin?” I am not telling you this typical conversation for any reason other than a woman’s weight is a very tricky conversation topic. I’m half embarrassed that it draws a frequent conversation. Now mind you, I really want to be healthy, just like you. And I definitely want to be attractive to my husband, just like you.
But just like any other woman on the planet, my physical weight has fluctuated. In fact, my personal weight has varied as much as 60 lbs. over the course of bearing my 6 biological children. I’m guessing that many of you can relate to wishing that after baby weight didn’t stay indefinitely or at least dropped off faster. Maybe it’s been years and you are still struggling with weight gain. Maybe your weight gradually crept up and you are currently in a stage of moving forward to a healthier weight. Maybe you struggle with a thin unhealthy weight. Wherever you are on the scale, today I wanted to focus on remembering that your weight is not your worth.
- Your weight is not your worth because you were bought with a price.
“for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Cor. 6:20
- Your weight is not your worth because God’s work in you provides your purpose.
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
- Your weight is not your worth because you are God’s child.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Rom. 8:16&17
- Your weight is not your worth because you have no need to live under condemnation.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 8:1
- Your weight is not your worth because your worth is to be found in glorifying God.
Glorifying God means doing our best to have a healthy temple, but not allowing the battle of keeping a healthy temple define our worth.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6:19&20
No matter your number on the scale, your worth as a Christian is found in Christ. His Word. His love. His peace. His joy. His gifts to us.
Have you ever allowed your weight to define your worth? Is it a day to day struggle? How do you combat this battle?
Rachel at RachelWojo.com