I Am a Possibility

In l975, a delightful little book came out entitled, “The Christian Looks at Himself.”  The author, Anthony Hoekema, tells of a young man, who in his fight against inferiority, put a banner on his wall reading: “I’m me and I’m good, ‘cause God don’t make no junk.”

Jesus loved everybody.  His love cut across races and ages. He loved the sick, the prostitute, the thief, the religious bigot, the leper, the poor, the hungry, the rich and society’s outcasts.  He accepted those the world rejected.  He accepts you also.  As a child you may have been rejected by a parent, you may have been an outcast in your social order, or you may have been spurned by your peers, 

B-U-T Jesus loves you. That should do something for your self-image.

He came to serve and to save (Mark 10:45).

Your worth should be based on what you are worth to God, and that is a remarkably great deal because Jesus died for you.

Christian psychologist, Lawrence J. Crabb, Jr., describes our need in this manner: “The basic personal need of each person is to regard himself as a worthwhile human being.”

Knowing that not all of us will win an Olympic gold medal or have our name entered in the “Guinness Book of World Records,” how can we be enabled to feel fulfilled?

Sculpture these three concepts on a granite wall in the corridors of your memory:

One, it is not important that you be the best at anything, but that you be your best at everything.

Two, avoid comparisons. You can always find someone you are better than and get an ego buzz. You will always find someone better than you and that leads to depression.

Three, God does not call on us to be successful, only faithful.

If our happiness hinges on “doing,” we will inevitably be miserable. Biblically, it is contingent on “being.” It is found in being all that God wants you to be. These are internal traits.

The only standard against which you should be measured is the “you” God made you to be.

Christ said He came that we might have abundant life (John l0:l0). The secret to that abundant life is not your ability, but your response to God’s ability.

Resolve: “God, I want to be all you want me to be. I want to become all you saved me to become.”

Your self-worth is closely tied to your awareness of your worth to God.

If God will accept us,  if in His sight we are of infinite worth, surely, we can accept ourselves. God made you and God don’t make no junk.

God rejoices when we accept His acceptance. Then we can accept ourselves.