Everyone who has the privilege of having a cat, or should I say of a cat having you, will know how true this picture is. We see a little moggy, they see the king of the jungle! Our cat thinks that he is very vicious and dangerous, but unless you’re a mouse or bird, you’re pretty safe.
I have become very aware that humans are generally not like that. Self doubt and a bad self esteem cause havoc with most people, but we don’t seem to want to deal with it. Bullying, peer pressure, social awkwardness, fear, and depression can all be a result of low self esteem. Where does this come from? I used to go to a church where we used to joke around all of the time. Nothing wrong with that, but when I look back at what we used to joke around about, it concerns me. We used to use jokes to put each other down, all because we didn’t think much of ourselves and bringing others down was easier than lifting ourselves up. How sad. We ended up having an even worse self view because everyone was putting us down all the time. A vicious circle if ever there was one.
I wrote another blog post recently entitled ‘Looks Like We’ll Need a Bigger Gun‘ where I spoke about praying with the authority that we have been given by God. I had a few people disagreeing with me saying that God has the power, not us, we should ask Him for healing and not command it ourselves. Did Jesus ever pray for healing, or did He command it? Even if you say that we are not Jesus, fair enough, but neither was Peter and he did the same thing. Jesus even tells us to command it, just read Mark 11:23 or Matthew 21:21 and see for yourself! Anyhow, that is not really what I am talking about here, I am talking about how you see yourself so let me ask you this. Is it better to see yourself as God sees you, or how you perceive the world to see you? Think about that for a minute.
If you decided that the way you perceive the world to see you is better, then think about the fact that you don’t actually know how the world sees you, you can only guess. I have watched enough documentaries where they ask someone what they think others think of them, and then ask the others, to get a totally different answer. Besides, if most others have a negative self image too, and are trying to make themselves feel better by bringing us down, are they a reliable source? Let me make it clear, I’m not saying that we should disregard everything that others say, I’m just saying don’t base your self worth on what others say about you.
If you thought that seeing yourself as God sees you is better, then you’re on the right track, but do you really? Let’s look at God’s view of you. You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), you are righteous (Philippians 3:9), you are joint heirs with Jesus (Galatians 3:29)! That is how God sees you, spotless, blameless, pure and blessed. He sees you as His child! Not only that, but He has chosen to adopt us as His own. Even when we were sinners He had already chosen us and wanted us to be one of His children! So then I ask you, who are we or anyone else to underestimate ourselves? Jesus walked this earth doing amazing things, and we can do them too, John 14:12 suggests that we will do even greater. Not because of who we are but because of who He is. Now some people will disagree, and some have gone out of their way to disprove this verse, but I don’t care. I have seen all sorts of miracles and I have even done some, so I know they happen.
You see we need to see ourselves as God sees us, but we need to keep giving the glory to Him. We are not great and powerful on our own, but with the Holy Spirit we can do anything in Jesus name. If we go around saying how weak and pathetic we are, or having a negative self image, what we are actually saying is that what Jesus did on the cross was not good enough. That is a lie. He has united us with God, and God sees us as righteous. We now have the Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of God in us. How much more powerful can we be?
I’m not suggesting that you wander around thinking how marvellous you are, but I am saying that you should see yourself for who you are. Who you are now, since you accepted Jesus. You are no longer the same person you were before, even though God saw fit to send His Son to die for you then, you are now a new creation and blameless in His sight! So I leave you with these questions. How do you see yourself? How does God see you? What are you going to do to see yourself as God sees you? And lastly, what are you doing with the authority God gave you through Jesus?