"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
(Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)
Self-image teachers would like us to believe that we must have good self-images or else the devil will have a strong foothold in our lives. They believe that a poor self-image will keep us from recognizing our worth to Our Awesome God and therefore we won’t accept His gift of salvation. Satan just loves it when fads like this get started.
When we evaluate ourselves according to sound judgment, what do we find? As believers we will find that Our Awesome God has reached down to us totally by His grace to save unworthy sinners, making us children of God! We have been made worthy by God, not because we deserved it, but because of God’s love (Romans 5:8, John 3:16). Our value is not based upon a comparison of ourselves with others (as a matter of fact, that is forbidden in 2 Corinthians 10:12) but upon the position that we have in Christ as "...heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ..." (Romans 8:17 KJV)
As Christians, are we supposed to think badly about ourselves? Not at all! The Scriptural position is that we are to focus on Our Awesome God and others, not ourselves (Matt. 22:36-40). Any preoccupation with self (either in thinking too highly or too lowly) is an unbiblical response to God’s Word. Scripture starts from the position that we already love ourselves and commands us to love others equally. As a matter of fact, we are to put the interests of others before our own.
Our Awesome God knows that our preoccupation with self is a barrier to our believing and accepting that He would do all He has done to make us His children. We need to stop worrying about our self image and start remembering that Jesus Christ said to "love your neighbor as yourself". Focus on God and other people, not on yourself. Come join us at Living Word Baptist Church or find a Bible preaching, believing and teaching church close to you. But don't believe fads that people come up with. Instead, test it against a good Bible that was translated from the originally written languages. Read and know the Bible!!Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday and Bible Study is at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and Bible Study at 7:00 PM Monday and Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill