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Who Am I?

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“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”   Romans 12:3

In our text the Apostle Paul is saying it’s alright to think about yourself.  Many people try to teach some false form of humility that purports that the Christian life consists of never thinking about yourself.  Now it’s true that some Christians have abused this to a point where all they do is think about themselves.  However, we are instructed to think about ourselves, especially in regards to whether we are in the faith or not.  2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves.  Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”   We are to take the time occasionally, to evaluate where we are in our walk with Jesus Christ.

The problem with thinking about ourselves too much is that we start to define our self-esteem or feelings of worth based on our skills, accomplishments, status, financial resources, or even appearance.  This leads to a feeling of independence and pride which generally results in self-worship, dulling our desire for God.  No wonder James tells us (James 4:6) that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Perhaps our cues on considering who we are should come from Jesus who told us in Luke 17:10, “You also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”

I’m not saying that who we are as Christians is defined by whether or not we walk around with low self-esteem, but  it is defined by who we are in Christ.  Our self-esteem comes from having a right relationship with God.  Something is considered valuable by how much a person is willing to pay for it.  1 Corinthians 7:23 says you have been bought and paid for by Christ.  Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  We know that we are valuable because of the high price God paid for us.

The Bible says gave us worth when He purchased us to be His own and because of this He alone is the one who should be praised and worshiped.  I think the highest value we can give ourselves is by not becoming involved in sin that enslaves us.  One sure fire way to do this is to conduct ourselves with humility that thinks of others as better or more important than ourselves.  Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

“Lord help me to stop being selfish and trying to impress others.  Help me to be humble and to think of others as better than myself.”

><({‘>  david


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