Life At Its Best: Our self-worth is determined by God
If you get a group of people in one room, it will soon become obvious that each of us has our own unique perspectives. From politics to sports teams to family values, we each have a distinct ways of viewing things. These viewpoints are important because they help shape our opinions. Then, those opinions directly influence the decisions we make.
One of the most important perspectives we hold is the one we hold of ourselves. This perspective can be influenced by people in our lives, experiences we've had or decisions we've made.
Though we can take these perspectives into consideration, we should never let them define us. Our self-worth isn't based on what others say about us or even on what we say about ourselves. It's found in who God says we are. We must choose to see ourselves through his eyes.
The shift that happens when we change our perspective reminds me of a game I played in elementary called King of the Hill. The object was to be the first one to reach the top of the hill. It got pretty competitive at times. Everyone wanted the honor of being pronounced the king.
When we went back inside, you could always tell who won the title for the day because their whole demeanor changed. Suddenly, they began to walk, talk and act a little more confidently. Nothing could get them down. In their eyes, they really were the king, and they were going to carry themselves like one.
The same thing happens with us when we realize who we are in Christ, our whole view of life begins to change. We no longer focus on who we've been or what we've done in the past. We see ourselves differently and pretty soon, that new perspective begins to change the way we live. We start carrying ourselves like children of a king. Our thoughts, words and actions begin to align with who God says we are.
Galatians 4 says, "God sent him (Jesus) to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law. ... Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child." God didn't save us to be slaves, constantly trying to measure up. He knew we'd fall short. But even in our imperfection, he chose to adopt us as his own kids.
That's how God wants us to view ourselves - as sons and daughters of the king. He wants us to allow the realization of whose we are to define who we are. Then, he wants us to take on his perspective and allow it to influence every aspect of our lives.
What perspective do you hold of yourself? Do you see yourself as a slave, just trying to be good enough? Or do you see yourself as a child of the King?
Don't live under the condemnation of the law. Instead, see yourself through God's eyes. Recognize who you are in him. Then let that realization begin to change the way you live. There's power in your perspective.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.