Healthy Self-Esteem

"Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing." – Unknown

Scripture reading: Colossians 2:1-10

"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings." – Genesis 3:7. This was the response of Adam and Eve to the recognition of their nakedness after disobeying the commandments of God in the garden. The husband and wife who were naked in the presence of God but not ashamed as stated in Gen. 2:25 suddenly noticed their shortcomings and embarrassment outside the confines of God’s presence and glory. They devised man-made measures to cover their nakedness by sewing for themselves clothing made from fig leaves. What a pathetic attempt to restore their original divine covering of God’s glory!

In our scripture reading for today, the Apostle Paul exhorted the saints to understand and to stay strongly rooted in the assurance of their completeness in Christ. In verse 3, "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," the heartwarming message of the worth of every believer was revealed. All that you’ll need to fulfill your purpose and exude the best of God in your life has already been provided through Jesus Christ. Everything about you including your ancestry, height, color of your skin, temperament, personality etc. had been carefully orchestrated by God before birth and became perfected at salvation. The challenge now is for you to dig deep into these deep treasures of God concerning you through the revelation of His word and deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit. In the gradual process of unraveling these deep mysteries about yourself, scripture cautions every believer on the dangers of deception through philosophy, pop culture, traditions of men, false preachers and prophets, religion and the myriad of subtle trickery of Satan according to the basic principles of the world system and not according to Christ.

The fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily in Christ who made His abode in you at salvation. You are enriched in all things in Him including all wisdom and knowledge. However, we live in a worldly system controlled by the god of this age called Satan where societal pressure to conform to certain standards is intense and relentless. In this system, there are class structures in every culture and nation ranging from the Caste system in India to the Joneses in the USA, which shape the mindsets of people into superiority and inferiority complexes. The prevalence of plastic surgeries and extreme makeover of beauty, cars, houses and many things in life, although not necessarily wrong, attest to the intense feeling of inadequacy of many people including the children of God on earth. The answer to what is perceived as nakedness or inadequacy for the child of God is not man-made fig leaves but the original covering with the glory of God. In Christ, you’re not inferior or superior but complete as attested to in Col. 2:10, "and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power." Fig leaves are very fragile and will definitely not sustain you for any appreciable period in the cover-up of your human inadequacies. The modern day fig leaves are the facades used by people outwardly to portray a different front from who they really are and to cover their inner inadequacies. The only answer to self-esteem is the GLORY OF GOD! Scriptures make us understand that you measure up to the ultimate standard of life known in heaven and earth, the standard of God, so let no spirit or person tell you otherwise. You’ve been accepted in the beloved of God and 1Pet. 2:9-10 settled the controversy of who you are in Christ when it said, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy."

Memory verse: "And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power." – Col. 2:10

Rev. Dr. Isaac Paintsil ©

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