How Does God View You?
I have always been a bigger kid. Even when I was a little tyke I was chubby and most of the time my clothes didn’t fit me well. Unfortunately, the clothes still don’t fit me that well. I have learned not place my worth on my own merits but this wasn’t always the case.
Just like many young people today I struggled with “self-esteem” issues. I would get picked on in school and come home feeling worthless because I felt others viewed me that way…worthless. When I tried to boost my self-confidence it would always come through sports. I wanted to be the best in whatever sport I was playing because that gave me worth. Even if it were for fun I would play with extreme competitiveness to win and that was supposed to make me feel better about myself. But, that didn’t work! I realized that I was never going to be the best at sports and that realization dragged me down again.
For me, sports gave me a false sense of worth. That is the problem with “self-esteem” when we rely on ourselves to give us worth we see we are worthless. When we look into ourselves we see a person who is dirty, dark, and disgusting. I knew I needed change and I looked for it. Want to know what I found?
I discovered that “self-esteem” is a counterfeit for God-esteem. It sounds like a bad cliché but it is true. The only way one can realize their worth is through their standing with God. And as believers in Christ it is crucial to know how God views us and why he views us the way he does. Romans 8: 31-35a gives us the answer:
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
As a believer no one’s condemnation can come against you…not even your own. God calls you elected. God calls you justified. God says that Jesus intercedes for you and that you will never be separated from the love of Christ. And all of this was given to you by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
So, if you are struggling with how you view yourself just ask this question…”How does God view me?”
That answer is the only answer that matters!
Posted on November 3, 2011, in Christianity, Culture, Life and tagged Christ, Christ Jesus, Christianity, God, Health, Jesus, Lord, Religion and Spirituality, Savior, Self-esteem. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.