How do you view yourself? Are you happy with who you are? Do you have high self-esteem? Or, do you have low self-esteem and wish you were someone different?
We currently live in a society where for so many people they have a low view of themselves. For so many they evaluate themselves and wish they were smarter, or taller, or prettier, or skinnier. For so many they think very little of themselves.
There are several reasons for this:
- For some it is because they didn’t grow up in an environment where they had a mother and father to speak positively to them and make them feel special.
- For some it is because they were constantly bullied and made fun of in school (maybe they were bullied because they were short, or overweight, or poor).
- For some it is because they have spent time in abusive relationships (maybe they dated, or were married to, someone who talked down to them all the time and was verbally abusive).
- For some it is because they have been brainwashed by culture. They look at the models and celebrities on T.V and in the magazines and feel they have to strive to look like them. Since our culture has deemed these people as the ultimate standard of beauty, for many they make it their life’s goal to imitate them.
The question is: what does God see when He looks at you? What makes you special and unique in the eyes of God? Is it any of these superficial things that our society deems as significant and important? Or, is it something else?
Here are three things that make you special before the living God:
- God created you. This is one of the first things revealed in the Bible (Genesis 1:26-27). You are not some grand cosmic accident. You did not get here just by chance. No, God created you! He designed and breathed life into you (Genesis 2:7). He made you special and unique. You are the product of His creative handy work. Whenever you start having a low view of yourself, please remember this!
- God created you in His image. This is in fact the main thing that separates man and makes him superior to anything else God has made (Genesis 1:26-27). God didn’t just make you, but He made you in a very specific and unique way. He made you in His image! Being made in the image of God includes a couple of very important things. First, it includes the fact that you have the ability to make choices. You have the ability to choose who you want to date and marry. You have the ability to choose your profession and where you want to live. You even have the ability to choose whether or not you want to serve God (Joshua 24:15). You are not a programmed robot. Neither do you live off instinct like animals. Like God, you have the ability to make conscious and rational decisions. Second, being made in the image of God means that, like God, you are eternal. You are eternal not in the sense that you have no beginning (like God), but in the sense that at some point you will dwell in eternity (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 6:9-11). Unlike with animals, this life is not the end for you! You have an eternal soul and after the day of resurrection you will abide in either heaven or hell forever (Matthew 25:31-46). This is why it matters how you live right now.
- Jesus died for you. Whenever you start to doubt if God really loves and views you as special, think about the cross. Jesus went to the cross because of His deep love for you (John 3:16). Even when you were at your worst (when you were lost in your sins) Jesus left heaven, lived a perfect life as a man, suffered, and was crucified on the cross (Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:1-5). Always remember that when Jesus looks at you, He looks beyond the things our society judges you by. He looks at your soul and He died so your soul can have an opportunity to rest in heaven when your life on this earth is over (Revelation 14:13).
It is easy to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. It is also easy to do the opposite. But remembering what makes you special in the eyes of God will give you balance. It will help you appreciate what really matters about yourself and maintain a positive outlook on your life.
– Shawn Jeffries