Mirror, mirror What do I see when I see me?
The stunning snapshot showed a super model, a woman whose face had been featured more than 20 times on fashion magazine covers. To millions, her face spoke perfection desired beauty.
But on this black and white picture, she made more than a dozen marks and phrases in bold, handwritten expressions:
Nose? "Not even."
Eyebrows? "Not shaped right."
Smile? "Crows feet and crooked."
And on she went revealing how she really saw her face and how she would adjust it.
What do you say to yourself and about yourself when its the middle of the night and you are awake with your thoughts? When you look into the mirror at the end of the day, what do you see when you see "me"?
Self-concept. Its not just feeling good about what you look like or how you just did. That is a rating based on appearance or performance. Self-concept must go much deeper. Self-concept is actually central to life itself.
It has everything to do with having peace and joy inside but more. It is central to having the confidence to step forward and minister to others. Self-confidence rooted in your relationship with Christ is critical in standing strong against the powers of darkness whose attacks against your soul are bent on keeping you forever looking inward and down.
What all of us need is not someone to do a surface job on our self-identity ("My, you look lovely today"). We need God to do an inside job on who we really are in His eyes. We need to attach our faith firmly to what He says, and then our identity can be secure indeed. We must learn to see ourselves through His eyes.
Agree with Gods view of you, and you will have a self-concept that is strong and reliable whether you are under the lights or alone in the middle of the night.
Before continuing this article, please read the first two chapters of Ephesians. On the top of a piece of paper, write "Who I am Gods view." Jot down as many statements as you can find about how God sees you. There are at least 30 self-concept treasures in these chapters.
What is Gods view of you?
Ephesians was written to Christians living in the first century, but its message is to "the church throughout all generations" (3:21, NIV), the "family" of God (3:15). So, if you have come to faith in Jesus Christ and are living in fellowship with Him, the statements apply to you.
Each statement below is written in personalized tense. For an extra faith lift, you can say each out loud. Post this in a prominent place where you can see this truth when you see yourself. These statements represent your identity as God sees you. And He has it right.
This is who I really am. This is Gods declaration of my identity.
So, mirror, mirror
When I look at myself, I see Gods grace and purpose. I see Christs glory and power. And I see the Spirit working. I see the real me and I am made strong.
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