Seen Through the Eyes of Jesus Christ
We are reminded on this Resurrection Sunday that it is by God’s grace that we are saved. When we think about His underserved favor, we wonder if God can truly love us in spite of all our faults and failures. The answer is, He most definitely can and does… despite our own self- image.
Self-image is important because what we think about ourselves affects how we feel about ourselves; and how we feel about ourselves manifests itself in our self-esteem; and our self-esteem affects how we interact with others and the world around us.
Studies show that 85% of the world’s population suffers from low self-esteem. How can this be? It is because 85% has bought into someone else’s opinion of who they are. Much too often we take our cues from the world around us and when we do it leads to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, hopelessness, depression, despair and worse. Instead of looking to others for affirmation, we need to look to Jesus because He sees us in the reality of who we can be in Him.
The Bible gives two great examples of how Jesus sees us. Consider the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 and the woman caught in adultery in John 8. Both of these accounts illustrate that Jesus isn’t concerned about where we’ve been in our lives, He’s only concerned with where we’re going. He’s not concerned about accusations lodged against you. He will support you when others desert you and He doesn’t judge you for past failures.
In neither of these accounts do we see Jesus condemning the women for their sin even though they knew they were living a sinful life. This speaks to the compassion of Jesus Christ. He is able to look beyond our faults and see what we need; He is able to look beyond our faults and see our potential; He is able to look beyond our faults and see our destiny in Him.
We can do nothing about our past sins, faults, and mistakes except to confess them to God and ask for His forgiveness. I encourage you today to look to Jesus to define you because His opinion is the only one that will matter in the end.