Real value is in the eye of the beholder. And Christ is the Beholder of us all.
There are two possible views we can have about ourselves when we take God out of the the equation. On the one hand, we can have an over-rated opinion about ourselves. And that’s what society is promoting! You are in control of your own life and nothing should stop you from being happy. Be whoever you want to be, identify as anything you want to identify as, and stuff everyone else. You are the most important person in this world and the universe revolves around you, especially when you are famous and have lots and lots of money.
On the other hand, we can see ourselves as a nobody! And this happens because we allow the things that others say about us, to sink into our hearts and our heads. Because of all the absolute rubbish we see people posting about themselves on social media, we feel inferior. The thing is, people post things about themselves based on their highlight reel moments. Everybody is trying to outdo one another with the places they’ve been, the things they’ve done and the people they know. And when we already feel uglier, poorer and more directionless than others, the viewing of bragging posts make us feel even worse than we did in the first place.
But when we bring God into the picture, everything changes. We realise that there is no way we can possibly have an inflated opinion about ourselves. We are but a speck in the scheme of things. “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8: 3-4) When we bring God into the picture, we realise that in ourselves we are nothing; that we are lost, broken and sinful.
When we bring God into the picture, everything changes. We realise that there is no possible way that we can have a deflated opinion about ourselves. If we were worthless, then God would never have sent Jesus Christ to this world. Why would Jesus have wasted His time away from His Father to suffer innocently at the hands of arrogant officials, if we were worthless. Every scar that was inflicted on Jesus and every sarcastic comment that was flung His way, He endured because He deemed it worth loving you and me. For God so loved the world (that’s you and me) that He gave His only Son, so that whoever… (John 3:16)
That’s why we must bring God into the picture. When we do that, we will never be arrogant or feel worthless. What we will be is confident and bold. Not because of who we are in ourselves, but because of who we are in Him. And because we know the difference, nobody will ever again, be able to let us believe lies about our own worth.
Have an amazing day!