Maybe you don’t think very highly of yourself because you lack many of the outstanding traits which set others apart. You fall short when it comes to the status symbols of our day: talent, wealth, Facebook friends, and mental aptitude. Consider the words of hymn writer Jack P. Scholfield in the popular melody, “Saved, Saved”:

 When poor and needy and all alone,
In love He said to me,
“Come unto Me and I’ll lead you home,
To live with Me eternally.”

Saved by His power divine,
Saved to new life sublime!
Life now is sweet and my joy is complete,
For I’m saved, saved, saved!

If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we are all poor, lost, hopeless, degenerate sinners before a perfect and holy God. Therefore we have nothing of value to offer Him. Somehow, God considered us valuable enough to send His only begotten Son to die for us. We have been given much.

The world equates self-esteem with self-focus. It teaches that having the right credentials, connections, and material possessions contributes to our identity. Jesus, on the other hand, taught that a person’s self-esteem is directly related to his “God-focus.” The more a person focuses on God, the taller he stands before men. When this individual has found love and acceptance from his Creator, he doesn’t need to seek it elsewhere.

Whose teaching will you embrace? If you buy into the world’s philosophy, it is dubious whether you will ever have true self-confidence, because your attitude will be based upon unstable variables. But if you follow Christ’s teachings, your self-esteem will be rooted in the unchanging nature of God.

If you have nothing more than the assurance of Christ’s satisfactory payment for your sins on the cross, you have been given much. To whom much is given much is required. I challenge you to live in the confident assurance of His love today.

Speculations I have none. I’m resting on certainties. “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” — Michael Faraday

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.