Summary: With God’s help we can change our self image so that it is more in line with how God sees us.
You can change you self-concept
1 Peter 1:18-19
How does our world place value on people? Physical beauty, Money, Accomplishment. By comparing yourself with others. That’s how many get the value of themself. However, If it don’t line up with the world of God, it needs changed. There is no biblical guarantee that you will automatically receive healthy feelings about yourself when you accept Jesus as Your Savior. Some people do, but many do not. If fact some Christians mistakenly label good feelings about themselves as pride or conceit -traits that God hates Pro. 21:4 These people resist any feelings of healthy self-worth and zealously defend their feelings of worthlessness under the guise of being spiritual and Biblical. In the holiness church I think we have mistakenly confused the human self with the carnal self when we talk about it being put to death. The carnal self is the diseased part that has wrapped itself around the human self to control it. The carnal self can be destroyed, but not the human self. I see it as a tension between two verses - “I can do all things through Christ” and “Apart from me you can do nothing”
Few of us look in the mirror and come to the conclusion of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. During his heyday as a player, Namath wrote a book titled I Can’’t Wait Until Tomorrow...’’Cause I Get Better-Looking Every Day.
Our Daily Bread, March-May, 1996, p. for March 9
I Creation itself establishes your Value
Gen. 1:27 27So God created people in his own image;
God patterned them after himself;
male and female he created them.
You are the crown jewel of God’s creation.
“A healthy self-image is seeing yourself the way God sees you-no more no less.” Josh McDowell
Building Your self esteem
An American tourist in Paris, who purchased an inexpensive amber necklace in a trinket shop, was shocked when he had to pay quite a high duty on it to clear customs in New York. This aroused his curiosity, so he had it appraised. After looking at the object under a magnifying glass, the jeweler said, ““I’’ll give you $25,000 for it.”” Greatly surprised, the man decided to have another expert examine it. When he did, he was offered $10,000 more. ““What do you see that’’s so valuable about this old necklace?”” asked the astonished man. ““Look through this glass,”” replied the jeweler. There before his eyes was an inscription: ““From Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine.”” The value of the necklace came from its identification with a famous person.
II The Price of Your Salvation Establishes your worth.
1 Cor. 6:19,20
19Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,20for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
1 Peter 1:18,19
18For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.19He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.