The world’s loudest voices shout that we don’t measure or fit the mold of what is plastered on every form of media.
Our media is filled with voices trying to convince you that you do not measure up because you don’t have enough followers or don’t receive enough likes or mentions.
Those voices say you’re too fat, or too skinny; you need more makeup your clothes are out of style you are not smart enough, or pretty enough, or a hundred other things that cause you to think you are not enough.
But there is another voice that calls to you. It does not shout or shake you with a heavy hand, but caresses so gently that if you do not pay attention, you may miss it all together.
The still small voice of the Spirit comes from God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and reaches into the deepest chambers of our heart. It resonates deep within our souls, and tells us we are more than what the world sees —more than we ourselves can see. It tells you that you are enough to the Lord because you are his child.
The story of Jesus’s life, as captured in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, is filled with accounts of people whom the world did not recognize as enough, but whom Jesus saw as extraordinary.
Many times, the scriptures don’t tell us the names of these people, but show us that through coming to know Jesus, they were more than enough. They were loved, blessed, enlightened, changed, and healed.
John 8:4-8 tells of a woman who had committed adultery. Church leaders brought her before Jesus saying:
“Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.”
After all those who had accused the woman had departed, Jesus looked lovingly upon the woman and asked, “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. And the woman glorified God from that hour, and believed on his name” (John 8:10-11).
Such stories teach us it is not the view of the world that counts, but the vision God and his Son Jesus Christ have about us that really matters. Each of us is a child of God, created in his image and filled with divine potential.
As we come unto Christ, his light shows us the light that is within us. We begin to see ourselves as he sees us.
Marianne Williamson, an inspirational author and teacher, once said: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God…. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”
And as a child of God, you are unique. You have talents and abilities given to you by Him who is your Father which is in Heaven. Jesus lived and died so you can become all you were meant to be, regardless of whether you make the cheerleading squad or finish first in your class at school.
Jesus taught that with His light within you, you are to be the light of the world. You can let YOUR light shine before the world, so they can see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16). That is how you will be beautiful to the world, and how you will best honor God.
So instead of turning on your Snapchat, Twitter, or Instagram to check your follower count, or if your latest selfie went viral, turn to the Lord through prayer and scripture reading so He can show you who you truly are — his beloved daughter and child of promise.
Michael L. King, author of “The Unknown Disciple,” grew up in a Christian home but came to more fully know the Savior when, as a youth, he was involved in the accidental death of a great friend. He has spent his whole life teaching and testifying of the Savior’s atoning grace in every setting, from small classrooms to large audiences in conferences, workshops, and symposiums—yet remains to most of the world as an unknown disciple.