Contrary to popular belief and the “low self esteem” psychology, I believe much of our misery as humans comes from our unrealistic view of ourselves. As a matter of fact, it is our constant focus on self that causes us so much grief. According to my studies of God’s word, it seems we just have too high of an opinion of ourselves out the gate, which leads to much disappointment and heartache. The pride of man is consistently looking to himself for answers instead of looking to God. We pride ourselves on our strengths and self sufficiency. We see ourselves through a pair of thick rose colored glasses that are seemingly unbreakable. The ironic thing is those glasses only work on us and maybe we see our children through them, but that’s a whole different blog…lol It is all of our nature to think we are WAY more fabulous than we truly are. We are so deceived we convince ourselves that our sin is even fabulous. First, let’s look at what God’s word says about our condition.
Mark 7:20-23New King James Version (NKJV)
20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
Now these are the words of Jesus himself. I think Jesus knows me better than I could ever know myself. Let’s go to the bible again…
Jeremiah 17:9New King James Version (NKJV)
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
If you still think you are all that and a bag of chips and a KitKat, but by the grace of God, here is another…
Matthew 15:15-20New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”
16 So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
Don’t you just love The Word of God, it just bears witness of itself! You may try to dispute truth when it shows up once, even twice if you are really stubborn, but 3 times? When Adam sinned in the garden (Genesis Chapter 3) he caused mankind separation from God and now you and I are born in sin, we have an inherent sin nature that houses our soul; also known as the flesh and it gets us in so much trouble. Although, the good news is Jesus came as a ransom for our sin, He paid it all (1 Peter 3:18), to save our souls from the penalty of sin and damnation. He died that we may live once again in unity with our heavenly Father as it was before the fall of man. Jesus paid it all and offers us restoration with The Creator of the universe, our Father in heaven!
Now that brings us back to what was said at the beginning of this blog entry. I’m not being mean, but you are not that great, I am not that great, we all need Christ to make us righteous, for in and of ourselves we are sinful creatures with an evil sinful nature. My definition of good and great cannot compare with God’s standard and we can never meet His standard of righteousness. We just can’t, the old testament proved that and that’s why Christ came. Therefore, do not think of yourself more highly than you should (Romans 12:3) and you won’t be so disappointed and discouraged. Look to Christ and know that you need Him in everything you do because His strength is made perfect in your weakness. No talent, good looks, intelligence of any kind can make you righteous. It’s like putting perfume on a pig, it’s still a pig. I will say as Paul the Apostle said, I boast in my weakness!!!! Praise God Christ is my greatness!! Without Him, I am not great or good and it’s perfectly okay…
2 Corinthians 12:9New King James Version (NKJV)
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.