When people talk about “esteem,” it usually has “self” before it. I’ve heard some say that to be successful in ministry, one has to have a good self-esteem. I’d argue for another kind of esteem that I call “spiritual-esteem.”
I’ll define spiritual esteem this way: To find our identity in Christ, not ourselves, our performance, or our ministry.
In ministry, we often find our worth in one of two things:
- What we’ve accomplished.
- What people think about us.
For years, I rode an emotional roller coaster.
If someone said, “Good sermon,” I felt good about myself.
If someone said, “That wasn’t your best sermon,” I felt lousy.
If attendance was strong, I felt successful.
If attendance dropped, I felt like a loser.
If the weekend giving was strong, I had confidence.
If the weekend giving was weak, I lived in fear.
No amount of “self-esteem” could fix my problem. I needed (and still need) true spiritual esteem. I need to know “who I am in Christ” and find my security in Him alone.
You are not what you did, what you do, or what you are going to do. You are who Christ says you are.
In what areas of your life do you need better “spiritual esteem?”