Self-esteem puts more focus on self than on Christ.
For me, to have a strong self-esteem:
- I acquire an ungodly competitive spirit, measuring success against other ministries.
- I become easily threatened.
- I become hypercritical of others.
- I’ll manipulate things for the “win.”
- I perform for people rather than for God.
Spiritual-esteem (being esteemed by Christ rather than people) empowers me to:
- Cheer for other ministries and partner with them to reach people for Christ.
- Be secure with what God is doing through me (or not doing through me).
- Defend other ministers rather than criticize.
- Live with integrity.
- Live for God’s pleasure and approval.
God, may we never strive for a strong self-esteem. Empower us to find all our worth in You, Your truth, and Your name.
How are you growing in spiritual esteem?