I’m fairly certain I read the following thoughts somewhere. (I found these in an old journal, but I didn’t note the source. This sounds like something Tim Keller would say, but I’m not sure if it was him, my adaption of his words, or someone else.)
Let’s contrast false-esteem and spiritual-esteem:
False-Esteem: I do good things, therefore God accepts me.
Spiritual-Esteem: I’m accepted because of what Jesus did for me, therefore I do good things.
False-Esteem: I try hard, so God loves me.
Spiritual-Esteem: God loves me radically, so I try hard.
False-Esteem: I produce, therefore God is pleased.
Spiritual-Esteem: God is pleased with me in Christ, therefore He produces through me.
False-Esteem: Self is the center.
Spiritual-Esteem: God is the center.
What is the biggest thing God has shown you this week through this series of posts?