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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.

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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!

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on November 3, 2011, in Christianity, Culture, Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Excellent post. Thanks for writing it. God Bless, SR

  2. I think God views us as his sons if we trust in Christ; how we view ourselves is altogether another matter.

  3. Thanks for the comment SR.

    newgenesisres: thanks for the comment. My post was about my standing with God and realizing that instead of focusing on myself.

    • My comment was specific to the “how does God view you?” and some of he initial remarks in the posts. I’m sure it because God views us as his sons why he stands with us. I’m not sure what about that comment translates into we focus on ourselves. Maybe you could offer some clarification on that.

      • You said, “I think God views us as his sons if we trust in Christ; how we view ourselves is altogether another matter.”

        I don’t think they are different matters. In God’s eyes we are justified by the grace of God through Christ. Your comment made it sound like God views us as sons but we should view ourselves differently. This is not the case. I can trust in the way God views me because that view is the one that really matters.

      • Before I say another word, let me express how appreciative I am of your making the effort to clarify things. Thank you, sincerely. With respect to your grasp of what I said, the operative words here is “ that makes it sound like”. I suppose there are a number of ways I could have stated it to make it more consistent with my meaning of it. Thank you for pointing that out though.

        What I meant is God views us as his sons, his view of what sons are, and our views are not always consistent. By that I mean, as a for instance, where Jesus the prototype son of God defines sons as those doing what he does i.e.: those who believe in me, the very works that I do shall they do also and even greater works. Now we know the works that Jesus did for his three years of ministry. They who are led by the spirit of Jesus to do these things are the sons of God, by definition. I don’t remember the last time I saw a “Lazarus”.

        We have come into a way of not doing those things that define us as sons, yet have no problem with the label of sons. As I have yet no Lazarus to show for myself that doesn’t prevent me form believing, and hoping for the day. I am not without the conscious awareness that the word bastards also is a category of sons who show themselves to be no sons, and that weighty watch word was not omitted from the body of scriptures. Bearing in mind there is therefore now no condemnation in Christ, no one is to feel condemned for their past of which none of us can boast outside of Christ, but we out to hold out hope for the most virtuous tomorrow walking in consistency with God’s expectation of Sons.

        Again I thank you for your encouraging fellowship as a brother in Christ. I really am impressed with your powers of analysis, and clarifying things; it helps me to stay sharp or get sharper.

        Grace for grace and much love

        Tony

      • You said, “those who believe in me, the very works that I do shall they do also and even greater works. Now we know the works that Jesus did for his three years of ministry. They who are led by the spirit of Jesus to do these things are the sons of God, by definition. I don’t remember the last time I saw a “Lazarus”.”

        I don’t think we need to see someone raised from the dead to be labeled sons or daughters of God. The “greater works” that Jesus is speaking of hear is most commonly interpretted to mean that the Gospel will go out by the means of the disciples and the ones who believe.

        And I must say your comment confuses me because I cannot follow the line of reasoning. Where do “bastards” come in?

      • I shall have to ask you to pardon me if personally I feel more confident choosing for guidance what Jesus actually said, rather than what admittedly you think. As a condition of being led by his spirit I am determined to not pick and choose which of his instructions I will obey or not obey, by his grace, I shall do all his will. As far as the greater works, I expect he shall make that clear after I have accomplished the ones he has already demonstrated for me to do.

        On clarifying the word “bastards” I simply meant to distinguish two kinds of sons; the ones who think they are and the ones that actually are. Surely you must be aware of the scripture that exhorts us that (It is not everyone that says to me, ‘My Lord, my Lord”, who enters the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in Heaven) God puts us through a process of enduring great hardships that presses us way out beyond the measure of our limited humanity, and above our human strength where at the end of our human ways, we seek the rock that is higher than we; the ways of the Lord from heaven with whom all things are possible.

        Anyone who is unwilling to endure such hardships that foster our transformation into manifest sons of God the scripture designates “bastards”. Hebrews 12:2-12 —…ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you, as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

        I’m starting to get the impression that you maybe you think I am accusing you of something less than virtuous. Lest you should take any of my comments as personal attacks; I’d sooner attack myself. I will not presume to compare myself with anyone else in the body, for where we are all one, that would be ill advised, and against the law of charity.

        Again, still a fan of your keen analytic powers of observation.

        Grace for grace and much love

        Tony

      • First, please do not use a verbally charged word like “bastard” on my site. I know it is in the translation you quoted but language has changed so “illegitimate children” would have been a better phrase. The ESV uses this wording.

        Second, the passage you cited in Hebrews is not about a person accepting or rejecting discipline. Rather it is describing the discipline God gives to his children because without this discipline we would be like children without an earthly father. It is all about God not about man.

        I appreciate the interaction but I must say your comments have left me scratching my head trying to figure out what you are driving at.

        Travis

      • You know what, I think your site has just gotten a little too proper for me.

        I wish you a fond adieu.

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