She stood there, pleading with her step-mom.
“Please, let me go to meet the prince! I can find something to wear. I can try to be beautiful.” Her words were met with the cruel laugh of her two step-sisters. They were gorgeous. It was evident that they were everything she was not.
She wished to be noticed, even if it was only for a night.
You know this story. Cinderella longs to go to the ball. She tries so hard to be beautiful, only to be laughed at and rejected.
As the story progresses, her fairy godmother comes along and makes her a beautiful princess, complete with horses, a driver, and a carriage made from a pumpkin. The catch? It would all disappear as the clock struck midnight.
I decided to call this 3-part series Pumpkins and Princesses: Discovering The You in Christ. Though the story of Cinderella is a fairytale, it’s a story that many of us girls can relate to.
We long to be loved and accepted. We wish someone would notice us.
Today, the culture has told us that we will be cherished and wanted if we meet their standard of beauty and worth. Truth be told, the bar that they hold impossibly high is only one big deception.
Girls, we’re being lied to. Satan, the deceiver, is doing everything he can to get us to place our identity in things that will fade away.
It’s time to ditch the lies and embrace the truth.
Lie #1: You’re only worth what you have.
Truth: Jesus loved you enough to die for you.
It doesn’t matter if you have designer clothes, name-brand shoes, or a big house. 1 John 2:17 says, “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
We aren’t guaranteed that what we have will never be taken from us. We can’t be guaranteed that our things won’t be damaged or stolen. In fact, eventually it will all fade away anyway. There’s always going to be a new trend, a bigger house, or an updated model of the latest cell phone.
What does last, however, is what you’re worth to Christ. Romans 5:8 says that, even when we were sinners, Jesus died for us. That’s the greatest kind of love!
God doesn’t care if we have everything in the whole world. He loves us for who we are. Even when we don’t deserve it; even when we aren’t rich or don’t have really nice things, God cared enough to give up His very life. Why? Because He loves us with all of His heart.
Lie #2: You have to be outwardly beautiful in order to be accepted.
Truth: Your beauty is found in who you are.
As young women, outward appearance can become a big issue. At every isle in the grocery store, there are magazines filled with pictures of gorgeous models. There are books and TV-shows teaching us how to meet the world’s standard of beautiful.
There’s nothing wrong with being pretty, but when it becomes an obsession, it leads to a path of trying to be prettier than the other girl or reaching impossible standards.
I assure you, though being drop-dead gorgeous will get you attention, it won’t give you the acceptance and love you’re looking for. Real worth comes from Christ and He cherishes the beauty that’s inside of you.
1 Peter 3:3,4 says, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
Being a young woman who honors Christ and seeks out ways to love and serve others is a treasure in the eyes of God. You don’t have to place your value in how you look because your true worth comes from Christ. And your worth in Him will never ever fade away.
Lie #3: You’ve made too many mistakes.
Truth: You’re never too far gone.
Satan wants you to believe that you can’t be forgiven for what you’ve done. He doesn’t want you to know that God will take you, broken and all, and redeem you.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
It’s not too late to come to Christ and tell Him that you want a new life. He’s more than willing to forgive you and change your life around.
Jesus loves you! He knows that sin will drag you down and lead you to believe Satan’s lies. That’s why He died for you and wants you to choose to follow Him.
He is the Truth and, as the Bible says, the Truth will set you free!
I’m so excited about this 3-part series! Come again next week to learn more about who you are in Christ.
What do you think?
What are some lies that you have bought into?
How have you seen God point you to the truth?